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The mission of the Stanford Human Rights Center is to promote events, research, student engagement, publications, public understanding, practical engagement and policy development in the area of international human rights and global social justice.  The Center works closely with the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic as well as international partners.


The Center launched in early April 2013 with the first of a series of events in its year-long speaker series on the "Future of Human Rights."  The series resumed in the fall of 2013 with speakers including Mahmood Mamdani, Professor of Government and Anthropology at Columbia University and Makau Mutua, Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, where he is also a SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar.  In the winter and spring of 2014, the series continued with James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples and Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona College of Law, as well as Manfred Nowak, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and professor for International Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law, among other distinguished guests.

Click here for a full list of past events.


Each year, the Stanford Human Rights Center awards one fellowship for post-graduate work at a supranational human rights body whose focus, engagement and activities are in the Global South.  The aim of these fellowships is to provide aspiring human rights practitioners with direct experience in human rights advocacy in order to better prepare them to pursue a life-long engagement in human rights work.  Read more about the fellowship here


The Stanford Human Rights Center supports the production of scholarship on specific areas.  Our current works include education materials on the Inter-American System, policy research on human rights in the Americas, research in the area of Business and Human Rights and a project on the intersection of Human Rights Claims by Indigenous Peoples and energy development projects. 


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