Stanford Humanitarian Program

Supporting research-based solutions to today's humanitarian problems.

We support solutions to humanitarian issues by employing interdisciplinary research and leveraging practitioner engagement. Our research is informed by disciplines including law, political science, and technology policy, and it is performed in collaboration with implementers (including policymakers, aid groups, government agencies, U.N. institutions, international organizations, community leaders, and others). Our ultimate aim is to support practicable, research-based solutions that can help minimize harm to communities during ongoing humanitarian crises.

Our work focuses on humanitarian crises that intersect with technology.

The Stanford Humanitarian Program focuses on community-wide harms that occur within and as a result of humanitarian crises. We understand humanitarian crises as those caused by conflict, climate disasters, or political unrest that threaten the well-being of communities. We see the issues that arise out of these contexts as being diverse, complex, and often life-threatening, having the potential to causing wide-spread suffering and displacement.

In today’s world, humanitarian crises often raise issues that intersect with technology, such as how technology could be used to better protect humanitarians operating in active conflict zones or how social media interacts with the incitement of violence. We are predominantly focused on this intersection, considering cautious application of technology where it can demonstrably improve a particular set of issues and providing recommendations where technology is worsening the situation.

We focus on this intersection because we think addressing community harms that arise from today’s humanitarian crises requires an understanding of technology’s ability to provide solutions or amplify harms. To do this well, we believe research needs to be both interdisciplinary as well as collaborative with those in the field. We launched the Stanford Humanitarian Program to address this need.

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Our Work

Through direct partnerships with implementers, we provide expert research accompanied by concrete policy recommendations.

We produce interdisciplinary research rooted in law, political science, and technology policy and accompany that research with concrete recommendations. Our work is intended to inform practicable policy solutions, and is thus tailored to be accessible and immediately usable for practitioners working on humanitarian crises.

Our Work

Meet the Team

  • Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Director, Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law
  • Director, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation

Allen Weiner's scholarship focuses on international and national security law, the law of war, international conflict resolution, and international criminal law, including transitional justice. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2003, he served as legal counselor to the U.S. Embassy in The Hague and attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.

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Bailey Ulbricht

  • Co-founder & Program Director

Bailey Ulbricht (@b_ulbricht) is a third-year law student at Stanford Law School where she focuses on international humanitarian law, human rights law, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to law school she founded the humanitarian ed-tech nonprofit Paper-Airplanes and worked as a humanitarian education worker with refugee communities in Turkey, through which she was selected as a Davis Peace Fellow. Bailey has two Master's Degrees in Islamic Law and Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She received her B.A. in International Relations magna cum laude from Carleton College.

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Afi Blackshear

  • Research Assistant

Afi is a 2L at Stanford Law. He graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. In law school, Afi has developed a strong interest in technology, innovation, and privacy. This includes coursework and research in antitrust, data privacy, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other converging issue areas, as well as his current research focused on Humanitarian Notification Systems with the Stanford Humanitarian Program.

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Marie Wako

  • Research Assistant

Marie Wako, a Fulbright scholar, is an LLM candidate at Stanford Law School and an associate lawyer at Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo, Japan. Marie has experience with assisting private companies and government agencies with export control laws and economic sanctions, as well as in international public law and international trade law matters. Prior to joining her law firm, she worked with government agencies and international organizations, including the chambers division at the International Criminal Court and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Meghan Anand

  • Research Assistant

Meghan Anand is a 2L at Stanford Law School focused on the intersection of national security, emerging technology, and international trade. At SLS, Meghan serves as a Member Editor of the Stanford Law Review and is co-president of the National Security Law Society. She is also a Research Assistant for the AU’s Tech, Law, and Security Program and has worked at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the State Department. Before law school, Meghan was a management consultant assisting aerospace, defense, space, and tech companies with corporate strategy and M&A across AI, new space, and other technology areas. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a major in Technology and International Affairs and minors in International Business and Computer Science.

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