The Center for Human Rights and International Justice equips a new generation of leaders to protect and promote human rights and dignity for all, in the classroom and in the world.

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Human Trafficking Research

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Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health

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Professor Tendayi Achiume delivered the Stanford Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s 2023 Annual Lecture on International Justice.
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice recently hosted a discussion entitled “New Directions in Genocide Studies,” which featured three scholars contributing to intellectual innovation in the field of genocide studies. 
Stanford Human Rights Minor, Gabby Crooks, has been selected as a recipient of the 2023-24 Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy by the Haas Center for Public Service.

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In the Classroom and In the World

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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