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Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent Events

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SAID Conference: Forced Migration

April 11, 2015

Join the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID) on Saturday, April 11th for their 2015 conference centered on the theme of forced migration.

The Fabric of NGOs

January 15, 2015

The Fabric of NGOsPlease join us in a discussion of the role of NGOs in the field of human rights, and of the important role they play in the world today.

Defending Civil Society

January 8, 2015

AbstractCivil society is under siege in many parts of the world.  Governments have arrested human rights activists, closed humanitarian NGOs, and banned peaceful protests.

Freedom from Slavery Forum

September 14, 2014

        Parking near Encina Hall: Additional parking available in Parking Structure 7 located in the Knight Management Center. 

From Paris to Sacaca: A Human Rights Genealogy

April 23, 2014

AbstractThe trajectory of human rights in the contemporary world is one in which ideas and cultural practices constitute each other in ways that can bedevil theorists and empirical researchers...

LGBT Rights and Public Health: Tensions and Potential in Collaboration

March 13, 2014

AbstractThe framework of "LGBT rights" can be critiqued as challenging tradition or as culturally specific, yet at the same time, it can be essential to one's sense of identity and justice.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Close To Home

March 7, 2014

  *This event is free and open to the public.*   Eleanor Roosevelt: Close to Home is an overview of the inspirational life of Eleanor Roosevelt and highlights her dedication as champion of social...

The Impact of Armed Conflict on Health and Human Rights

March 6, 2014

Abstract:Armed conflict causes profound and widespread adverse consequences for health and human rights.

Human Rights and Health to Advance Development: Case of Rwanda

February 27, 2014

Hon.Agnes Binagwaho has served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Rwanda since October 2008.

<i>The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)</i> Film Screening and Panel Discussion

February 25, 2014

*This event is free and open to the public.*   PANELISTS Don Emmerson - Director of the Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; Affiliated Scholar, Abbasi Program in Islamic...

Poverty and Violence: The Hidden Plague the World Has Missed

February 20, 2014

We invite you to join Gary Haugen, former director of the UN investigation of the Rwanda Genocide and President and CEO of the International Justice Mission, to discuss his latest book The Locust...

Sexual Violence in Conflict: a Conversation

February 20, 2014

Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone is Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations. Prior to this appointment, Ms.

Imagining Global Health with Justice

February 13, 2014

AbstractThe scope and complexity of global health can be overwhelming, making it difficult to form an inspiring and unified vision for the future.

Health and Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar

February 6, 2014

Abstract:The peoples of Burma/Myanmar have faced military rule, human rights violations, and poor health outcomes for decades.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series: Gender Equality and Health: Realizing the Promise of Adolescence

January 30, 2014

**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SPEAKER*** Dr. Susan Kasedde currently serves as Senior Advisor and Team Leader on HIV and Adolescents for UNICEF based in New York since November 2009.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series: Palliative Care and the Right to Health Advocacy & Impact

January 23, 2014

AbstractAccording to international human rights law, countries have to provide palliative care and pain treatment medications as part of their core obligations under the right to health.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series: Tobacco Control and Human Rights

January 16, 2014

AbstractPreventing tobacco addiction is one of the leading ways to prevent fatal disease, yet many nations have declined to take steps against it.

Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series: Zombie Paternalism: Can Human Rights Avert a Global Apocalypse?

January 9, 2014

AbstractThe most important post-Nuremberg health-related human right and bioethics principle is informed consent.

SHREI Workshop on Human Trafficking for Community College Instructors

November 16, 2013

The Program on Human Rights (PHR), in partnership with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI), is...

Albie Sachs Workshop

June 27, 2013

The event will be a dialogue with Justice Sachs about contemporary human rights challenges in South Sfrica and the role South Africa plays in the region.

Health and Human Rights in South Africa Today

June 27, 2013

Justice Sachs will deliver the keynote address for Summer Session's Human Rights Intensive in CEMEX Auditorium on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Governance and Grassroots Justice in Africa

May 15, 2013

Special Seminar at Stanford Law School in partnership with the Levin Center

Shaping the Global Agenda on Child Protection

May 10, 2013

AbstractSince the early years of her career working with children in some of the direst situations in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection, has witnessed...

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Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education