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Established in 1994 through the generosity of The Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Human Rights Center conducts interdisciplinary research on emerging issues in international human rights and humanitarian law. Our research focuses on war crimes, justice and postwar reconstruction, health and human rights, and globalization.

We believe that the academy can inform the work of practitioners, while activists and other professionals can influence the direction of human rights research and advocacy in the university. Because creativity and leadership are essential to the human rights movement, we seek out and support graduate students who are making or could potentially make significant contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights in the United States and abroad.

The Human Rights Center is supported by grants from The Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Harold and Alma White Memorial Fund, the Open Society Institute, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The Human Rights Center is a unit of International and Area Studies (IAS) at U.C. Berkeley and works closely with the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Boalt Hall School of Law and the U.C. Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center.

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