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Center for International Security and Cooperation

Crossing boundaries between research and policymaking, the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in international security. The center brings together legal and social science scholars, policymakers, area specialists, scientists, and other experts to focus on a wide range of security issues of current importance, including nuclear proliferation, civil conflict in the developing world, homeland security, risk analysis, terrorism, and peacekeeping. Part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the center reflects Stanford University’s pioneering commitment to meeting the security challenges that today confront the international system.

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), part of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, promotes innovative and practical research to help developing countries and societies in transition create policies that foster democracy, sustainable development, and the rule of law. Through specialized teaching, training, and outreach, CDDRL scholars develop solutions for countries struggling with problems of political, economic, and judicial reform, constitutional design, economic performance, and corruption, working to make states and societies more free, richer, more law-abiding, and more transparent.

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

Because energy and environmental issues are global in scope, Stanford offers the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD). This multiyear, interdisciplinary program draws on the fields of political science, law, and economics to investigate how the production and consumption of energy affect sustainable development worldwide. The program sponsors research on political, legal, and economic aspects of the world’s energy system, working with a network of research partners in Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and other leading developing countries. Current research focuses on sustainable energy delivery, climate change policy, state-controlled oil companies, and global coal markets.

Program on Global Justice

To bring ideas from moral and political philosophy and the best social science and policy thinking into discussions about human rights, global governance, and access to basic resources, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies offers the Program on Global Justice. This program enables law students to learn from experts on global justice and human rights and co-sponsors (with the Stanford Humanities Center) the Linda Randall Meier Research Workshop on Global Justice. The workshop brings together faculty and graduate students from across Stanford to investigate the complexities of and discuss solutions to a wide range of international challenges, including poverty, inequality between nations, oppressive regimes, identity, and human rights.

Program on Human Rights

A unique intersection of the social sciences and public-policy formation and implementation, the Program on Human Rights provides a forum for Stanford faculty working in diverse disciplines that border on human rights—from law, philosophy, and political science to education, human biology, and public health. Part of the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, the program also engages the more than 30 student-initiated human rights groups at Stanford in a dynamic exploration of human rights topics that intersect with urgent global issues, including climate change, immigration, security, women’s rights, poverty, and child soldiers.

Woods Institute for the Environment

Students interested in global environmental issues have the opportunity to expand their perspectives through the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. Committed to creating a sustainable world that balances human needs with the protection and restoration of Earth’s life systems, the institute is a unifying force and interdisciplinary hub for research, teaching, and problem solving. The institute draws on the experience and expertise of faculty and students from seven schools, including the law school, and takes an international perspective on environmental challenges that affect people the world over. Areas of emphasis include climate and energy, land use and conservation, oceans and estuaries, freshwater, and sustainable built environments.