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Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen Stacy. Our human rights programming will transition to the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice, which is part of the Stanford Global Studies division and a new addition to the human rights ecosystem at Stanford. Dedicated to promoting the rule of law, accountability, and human rights around the world, the Handa Center focuses resources on supporting undergraduate human rights education, research, and fellowship opportunities. The Handa Center looks forward to continuing the advising services, course offerings, research opportunities, speakers series, and student fellowships that PHR was able to contribute to the Stanford community since its launch in 2009.

Concurrent with this transition, CDDRL, the Handa Center, the Haas Center for Public Service, and the Vice Provost Office for Undergraduate Education are supporting a new position for a Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) for Human Rights at Stanford. The DCEL will support a sustained and growing interest in human rights education at Stanford by working across campus with faculty members and student organizations - as well as within the local community - to enhance community-engaged learning opportunities at Stanford.

CDDRL looks forward to welcoming the new DCEL to Stanford in the coming academic year, and sees this as a way to further the contributions and impact that PHR made to the Stanford community over the past six years. 

While CDDRL will no longer have a dedicated program on human rights, this topic will continue to be a relevant – and timely – theme in our research agenda, event series, and practitioner-based programming. We look forward to hosting fellows working in this field, hosting special speakers highlighting important innovations in the field of human rights, and supporting student research on this topic, among other initiatives.

Thank you again for your interest, involvement, and commitment to the Program on Human Rights. We are proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to working with the Handa Center as the focal point for student and public engagement with human rights teaching and research on campus.

We invite interested students, campus partners, and community members to explore the resources below in order to stay abreast of human rights-related news on campus.


Program on Human Rights Website 

Handa Center for Human Rights

Join the Handa Center for Human Rights Mailing List

Haas Center for Public Service