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Human Rights Center

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 housed in the Institute of International Studies, which 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



Health & Human Rights

Public health and human rights are complementary–and occasionally conflicting–approaches to promoting and protecting human dignity and well-being.

Globalization Project


In 2002, the Human Rights Center initiated its Globalization Project, a multi-year effort to strengthen protections for populations vulnerable to human rights abuses as a result of economic integration.

War Crimes Against Humanity Concept

War Crimes

Since 1995, the Human Rights Center has developed several research projects aimed at documenting war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide throughout the world.

Justice & Reconstruction

Justice & Reconstruction

In January 2000, the Human Rights Center launched the Communities in Crisis Project, an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research initiative to examine the relationship between the pursuit of international justice and local approaches to social reconstruction in the aftermath of war and genocide.



We promote the use of international human rights law to address major human rights challenges.

A world without human rights violations


We are engaged in research, education, and advocacy work in all regions of the world.

For over three decades, the Human Rights Center has been tackling the world’s most challenging human rights problems. With a passionate team of experts, we conduct research and develop projects to improve human rights conditions in communities around the world.

– Conducting research on issues of global impact

– Working with universities and NGOs around the world

– Deploying projects that address pressing human rights challenges

– Promoting respect for human rights through education and dialogue


Save refugees from war and poverty

In our volunteer program, you can work to provide refugees with the food, water, and shelter they need. Join today and make the world a better place! We work on global human rights problems like forced labor, police brutality, discrimination in education, and more. Join us today to help fight injustice!

We’re constantly expanding our research on human rights topics to provide information you need to know on current events. Join us today to stay informed!


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Global Food Security 2023

Global Food Security 2023

Introduction Food security refers to food availability and people’s ability to access it. [6]. The world is facing a major food crisis, with over 200





We are a research and advocacy center, committed to the promotion and protection of human rights as central to a just society.

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Fri: 9am - 3pm

Sat - Sun: Closed

Our Location

Human Rights Center University of California, Berkeley 460 Stephens Hall #2300 Berkeley, CA 94702-230

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