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.

Mission and History of the Center

Rule of Law and Accountability

Jessie Brunner presents data.

Human Trafficking Research

Digital Archives and New Technologies

Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health

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The Center for Human Rights and International Justice is seeking an extremely organized, highly self-motivated administrative professional who would be excited about joining our dynamic, mission-driven team, primarily to manage events and communications for the Center. This is a full time staff position with benefits.
Fifteen seniors affiliated with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice have won the Stanford Alumni Association's Award of Excellence.
Recent Human Rights graduate April Ball '22 has earned a Fulbright Award to study in Madrid, Spain, where she will study the cultural and religious identities of second generation Moroccan Muslim women.

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Student voices are vital to shaping the Center's priorities and programming. We rely on our student community to provide insight and feedback about student interests and needs related to human rights opportunities both on and off campus. The Center strives to build programs in a way that is responsive to the needs of our student community – we exist because of and for you! 


Minor in Human Rights

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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