Stanford Law School expanded research opportunities for students interested in human rights with the launch in April of the Stanford Human Rights Center. Under the direction of James Cavallaro, professor of law and director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (IHRCRC) of the Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School, the center will engage students in work to address a range of situations of rights abuse and violent conflict around the world. The center will sponsor lectures, panels, workshops, conferences, and publications on the issues of human rights and global social justice—working closely with IHRCRC, which trains lawyers to work as advocates in the field of human rights and global justice by providing direct representation to victims and by working with communities that have suffered or face potential abuse.
“Under Jim’s leadership, the center will soon become a place where important issues in this field are studied and critically examined, and it will also provide a hub for the many students at Stanford Law School who want to reflect on the practice of international human rights law,” says M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean.
“Together with the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, the Human Rights Center will provide students and faculty at the law school and at the university an unparalleled range of opportunities in the field,” says Cavallaro. “Students can engage in human rights practice through the clinic while critically reflecting on the theory, doctrine, and practice of human rights through the center.” The center will also offer two fellowships for recent graduates in international human rights practice and research. The fellowships are designed to promote engaged practice with a human rights nongovernmental organization (NGO) in a developing nation and provide experience essential to developing a career in human rights work. More information about the Stanford Human Rights Center can be found online.