Human Rights

Scholarly Publications

The Human Rights Problem

October 2011

Human Rights for the 21st Century: Sovereignty, Civil Society, Culture

December 2009

A new moral, ethical, and legal framework is needed for international human rights law.

Is there a Human Right to Democracy?

June 2006

Is there a human right to democracy? My answer, in brief, is ‘no’. Five interconnected claims will play a role in my argument for this conclusion: Justice requires democracy.


Program on Human Rights transitions to the Handa Center

September 2015

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 this year with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...

Pamela Merchant and Kristen Myles speak on human rights litigation abroad

April 2015

The Program on Human Rights welcomed Pamela Merchant and Kristen Myles to Stanford on March 4 as final speakers in the winter course U.S. Human Rights NGOs and International Human Rights.

Habitat for Humanity on the profile of a good 21st century NGO

March 2015

Elizabeth Blake, Habitat for Humanity International’s General Counsel and team leader of its Government Relations and Advocacy operations, spoke to students at the Freeman Spogli Institute on...

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Advocacy and Policy NGOs

March 5, 2015

Speaker BiosPamela Merchant served as the Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Accountability for the past nine years.  CJA is the leading U.S- based organization pursuing...

The Profile of a Good 21st Century NGO; Habitat for Humanity International in Transition

February 26, 2015

AbstractMuch of the work done in international development is ineffective, non-sustainable and sometimes even harmful.  Habitat for Humanity International and other global NGOs are rightfully being...

Faith-based international NGOs and Human Rights: Highlights from World Vision's Experience

February 19, 2015

Speaker BioMark Lorey serves as Vice President for Child Development and Programme Effectiveness in World Vision International.


Program on Human Rights Winter Speaker Series

U.S. Human Rights NGOs and International Human RightsMany U.S. human rights non-government organizations, including the U.S. philanthropic sector, work on international human rights.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Series on the International Criminal Court

The Program on Human Rights will host the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series, a weekly series featuring presentations by leading scholars, activists and experts on the...


Jenny Martinez Headshot Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law