The Stanford Human Rights Center provides tools for students, advocates, states, and civil society to better understand how to respect and protect human rights.
The Center was created in 2013 to conduct applied human rights research. We promote events, student engagement, and public understanding of international human rights and global justice.
Our work focuses on public policy analysis in the areas of (criminal) justice reform, conditions of detention, and the inter-American human rights system. Our main area of focus for this work is Latin America, but our close collaboration with Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic has taken us across the globe.
Why Reforms Alone Are Insufficient to Strengthen the Judiciary: A Case Study of Guatemala's Judicial Selection Process
Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
Hear from our Fellows
Q: What advice would you give to students who are interested in pursuing a career in human rights?
“It is important to realize that human rights is part of everyone’s life. To be aware of social justice, poverty and economic, social and cultural rights. A career in this area is full of satisfactions and multidisciplinary challenges and there is a wide range of opportunities in government and international agencies, NGO’s, United Nations, international litigation, private or public advising, teaching, researching, and so on.”–Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Senior Researcher-Professor in the Legal Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Q: Can you give us an impression of your interaction with the Stanford community? What did you like best about your time at Stanford?
“I particularly enjoyed the excellent environment at Stanford which not only provided space for and access to exciting research, but with its many workshops and symposia it also provided many opportunities to develop new ideas. Meeting interesting scholars from various backgrounds in academia and civil society activism from the U.S. and other parts of the world has also provided me with new input for my own research.”–Ayako Nakamura, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frontier Research Institute forInterdisciplinary Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan.