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New name and space for our growing human rights community

visual rendering of our new office
Oct 11 2019
Thanks to tremendous student interest in our academic, advisory, and research programs, we have outgrown our office in Encina Hall West, and are delighted to announce the Center will be moving this month to a beautifully renovated, larger space on campus in the garden level of Encina Hall Central. The new space (rendered below) was designed to be student-friendly and functionally supportive of the wide range of programming sponsored by the Center, from lectures and seminars, to career advising and collaboration on interdisciplinary research initiatives. We look forward to welcoming members of our diverse and vibrant community to make use of the lounge, kitchen, study spaces, and conference room, which we will share with the Program in International Relations, also part of the Global Studies Division.

The move coincides with a change in the Center’s name. Founded in 1999 as the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, we moved to Stanford in 2014, with transitional support from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, as the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice. We are grateful for the generous support Dr. Handa provided and proud of what it enabled us to build at Stanford. Effective this month, we will become simply the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and we look forward to another exciting academic year at Stanford. Please note our website has migrated to a new URL to reflect the name change. Check out all the latest news and information about our events and programs at