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Explore critical social issues in Brazil through an engaging panel discussion with leading academics, followed by the screening of a powerful…


Professor Beth Simmons of the University of Pennsylvania delivered the Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s 2024 Annual Lecture on International Justice on April 9, titled “From Barriers to Abuse: International Border Hardening and Human Rights.” Simmons – who is well-known for her research on international political economy durin
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on February 14 to deliver keynote remarks reflecting on the role of human rights frameworks in guiding tech companies, governments, and individuals through the age of generative AI.  Prior to this talk, High Commissioner Türk joi
As the culmination of his appointment as a Visiting Senior Fellow this summer, Faculty Co-Director David Cohen was honored to deliver the S.T.

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Founded in 1999 as the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, the Center moved to Stanford in 2014 with transitional support from Dr. Haruhisa Handa. For five years, we operated under the name WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice. In 2019 we became known simply as the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Founding Director David Cohen, on the history of the Center's name