Christoph Sperfeldt led the Center for Human Rights and International Justice's programs in Southeast Asia from 2011-2018, supporting research and capacity development in the areas of human rights, transitional justice and rule of law. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia, and an Associate of the Asia Law Centre at Melbourne Law School. Christoph was Senior Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centreon Statelessness at Melbourne Law School, where he led the Centre’s Asia-Pacific engagement. He was also Senior Advisor with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cambodia. In this capacity, he worked as an Advisor to the Secretariat of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) and as Advisor to the Victims Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Christoph holds a PhD from the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. He was a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University and has held visiting positions at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the University of Copenhagen, the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) at Tilburg University, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) at KU Leuven, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Stanford University and Queen’s University Belfast. He has published widely in the field of transitional justice and human rights.
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