Who We Are


James L. Cavallaro

Jim Cavallaro is Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Human Rights Center at Stanford Law School. He also directs the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. He has dedicated his career to human rights. In June of 2013, he was elected to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Professor Cavallaro is a prolific scholar and sought-after voice on international human rights issues.

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Jenny Martinez is a leading expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war. Her research focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing and protecting human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten 19th-century international tribunals involved in the suppression of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through her work on contemporary institutions like the International Criminal Court and the role of courts in policing human rights abuses in connection with anti-terrorism policies. She has also written extensively on national security law and the constitutional separation of powers.

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Allen Weiner is an international legal scholar with expertise in such wide-ranging fields as international and national security law, the law of war, international conflict resolution, and international criminal law (including transitional justice). His scholarship focuses on international law and the response to the contemporary security threats of international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and situations of widespread humanitarian atrocities.  Weiner is Director of the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law and Co-Director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation

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Shirin Sinnar joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2012.  Her current scholarship focuses on the role of non-judicial institutions in protecting individual rights in the national security context.  Her most recent work explores the capacity of Inspectors General, internal watchdog institutions within federal agencies, to provide oversight of national security programs that affect civil rights and liberties.  Other research interests include comparative national security oversight, accountability mechanisms for domestic intelligence-gathering, and the impact of counterterrorism policies on U.S. immigrant communities.

beth van schaack

Beth Van Schaack is a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Law School. She just stepped down as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State. In that capacity, she helped to advise the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights on the formulation of U.S. policy regarding the prevention of and accountability for mass atrocities, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Van Schaack is also Professor of Law at Santa Clara University where she teaches a range of international law courses. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. Van Schaack works with the Center on issues of international criminal justice, human rights education, and other fields of common interest. Jointly with Professor Jenny Martinez and Claret Vargas, Professor Van Schaack is developing an international human rights MOOC.

claret vargas

Claret Vargas is senior researcher and Area Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society – Dejusticia. She previously served as Executive Director of the Stanford Human Rights Center and is currently a Senior Affiliate Researcher at the Center. She is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where she teaches a course on the inter-American human rights system. She has worked on Alien Tort Statute litigation, the inter-American system, labor conditions, prison conditions and indigenous rights. Her research focuses on mechanisms for the implementation of human rights norms, and she has produced human rights reports based on archival research and on-site missions in Guatemala, Indonesia, Bolivia, and elsewhere. Vargas earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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David Palumbo-Liu is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford. He is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (found on Arcade) and blogs for a number of publications. He is also a Contributing Editor for theLos Angeles Review of Books and on the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science & Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Steering Committee and the Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of the Humanities.


Ruhan Nagra

Ruhan Nagra (3L) is a third-year law student who has participated in the International Human Rights Clinic and co-led the SLS National Lawyers Guild and Shaking the Foundations. She spent her 2L summer at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City and her 1L summer in the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. She is working with the Center on research regarding prison reform in the Americas.

enrique molina

Enrique Molina (3L) is a third year law student from Puebla, Mexico.  He is involved in various research projects, including through the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and is currently Editor in Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law. At the Center, Enrique is involved in research on the inter-American human rights system, as well as on international standards on migration.

swain uber

Swain Uber is a Stanford graduate student, pursuing a joint J.D./M.A. in International Policy Studies with a focus on human rights and conflict resolution work. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, he has collaborated with the Human Rights Center and the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic since he began at Stanford over three years ago on projects related to land rights mobilization in Cambodia, prison reform in Panamá, police reform in Oakland, and migration and asylum issues. He has also worked for human rights organizations in Colombia, Budapest, and Uganda, on issues related to business and human rights, Roma rights, and transitional justice.

thiago reis

Thiago Reis is a SPILS fellow currently focused on criminal justice in Brazil, and more specifically on pretrial detention. Thiago obtained his law degree at the University of São Paulo in 2014, where he was part of the Human Rights Clinic and represented the Law School as speaker, coach and judge in international human rights moot court competitions. In the summer of 2016, Thiago is clerking for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda.

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Kai Medeiros (2L) is a second year JD/MA joint degree candidate at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Center for Latin American Studies. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013 with a BA in Global Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Linguistics. He will spend the summer of 2016 interning at the Mexican human rights NGO Centro Prodh. Kai is a research assistant for the Center, and is contributing to research on the inter-American human rights system as well as on international standards on migration.

Deena Tumeh (2L) is a second-year law student at Stanford. Before law school, she spent a year in Buenos Aires working at the human rights organization Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS). At the Center, Deena is contributing to research on the inter-American human rights system as well as on international standards on migration.

Tara Rangchi

Tara Rangchi (1L) is a first year student at Stanford Law, and a member of the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association and the International Refugee Assistance Project. She completed her undergraduate degree in Global Studies at UCLA, where she earned departmental honors through her research on public-private water projects in Latin America. Prior to law school, she worked in Thailand with displaced indigenous groups from Myanmar, and she is interested in the nexus between environmental justice, refugee policy, and human rights. At the Center, she is contributing to research on international standards on migration.

Matthew McConnell

Matt McConnell (1L) is a first year student at Stanford Law School from Chino Hills, California. He attended UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley, where he graduated with distinction as an English major. Before law school, Matt was in the Peace Corps, working as a TEFL & Community Development volunteer in Mongolia from ’12-’14. He is contributing to the Center’s research on international standards on migration.

Meghna Sridhar

Meghna Sridhar (1L) is a first year at Stanford Law with a keen interest in social justice, particularly in an international context. Prior to coming to Stanford, Meghna was a Thomas J. Watson fellow, and lived amongst and researched diaspora Indian communities and their relationship to religion and mythmaking in 13 different countries. She is particularly interested in how legal institutions affect society and every day life and how collective action can impact and change the law, and is contributing to the Center’s research on international standards on migration.

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Biola Macaulay is a senior majoring in International Relations, with concentrations in Africa and Latin America, and minoring in Economics with a focus on Economic Development. Her Human Rights Law experience comes from internships at organizations such as the Accountability Counsel and the World Justice Project. In addition to working as a Research Assistant at the Stanford Human Rights Center, she is heavily involved in campus activism, a Co-President of the Black Pre-Law Society, and a member of Stanford Chapter of the NAACP. Biola is in the process of applying to law school and plans to pursue a career in International Human Rights or Civil Rights Law.

Joy Scott

Joy Scott is a senior from Washington, D.C. majoring in History with a concentration in Global Affairs & World History and minoring in Spanish. She engages in educational enrichment and community service as a leader in a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit. She currently works as a Research Assistant for the Stanford Human Rights Center and intends on pursuing a career in International Law.

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Afia Khan is a Stanford senior, humanitarian, and aspiring physician. She believes that bettering human health requires understanding the overarching systems circumscribing society – thus, she is majoring in development economics, works as an undergraduate researcher at the Human Rights Center, explores health policy and administration through clinic volunteerism, and heads the social and political issue-oriented student organization Muslim Student Awareness Network. She is a Research Assistant for the Center, focusing on the Inter-American System.


Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor

Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor is Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as well as a Senior Researcher-Professor in the Legal Research Institute (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is an expert in Mexican constitutional law and constitutional procedure, international law, and human rights law. While at Stanford, he analyzed the right to truth, and the justiciability of social, economic and cultural rights in the Inter-American System of Human Rights, as well as the ways in which a “judicial human rights dialogue” between national and international courts can have an impact in the protection of human rights.

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Manfred Nowak was appointed Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2004 and served in that capacity until October of 2010. He is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law and was the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University in 2013-2014. While at Stanford, Professor Nowak collaborated with the Center’s work, presenting talks, mentoring students and developing joint projects and events. He continues to partner with the Center and the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic in projects and events of common interest.

cesar rodriguez garavito

César Rodríguez-Garavito is the International Director and founding member of Dejusticia. He directs the Global Justice and Human Rights Program at the Universidad de los Andes, where he is professor of law. He is a prolific writer in academic venues, as well as in news media, and is a sought-after voice regarding business and human rights and on modes of contesting and understanding various forms of social exclusion in Latin America (e.g., class, ethnic and racial inequalities). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and OpenGlobalRights, and is part of the Board of Directors of Fundar México and the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. Professor Rodríguez-Garavito regularly collaborates with the Center in joint projects and events.

Ayako Nakamura

Ayako Nakamura is Assistant Professor for International Relations at Tohoku University’s Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science. She researches human rights and human trafficking in East Asia and Europe and is interested in the mechanisms of diffusing and internalising anti-trafficking norms around the world and the role of regional organisations and civil society actors. She has conducted extensive field work with policy makers and civil society actors in Europe and East Asia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Human Rights Center where she is conducting a comparative analysis of the processes of capacity building and network building  in Europe and Asia.


Aida Díaz-Tendero Bollain is an expert in sociology of aging in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a Researcher-Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Research Center (CIALC) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). While at Stanford, her research focused on human rights of the elderly.