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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. 

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. 

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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Building Cities In the Desert: A Way Out of Internment Camps for Refugees?

May 6, 2013

Bio: Emily Arnold-Fernández is the executive director of Asylum Access, an innovative international nonprofit that transforms the human rights landscape for refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin...

Prison Hunger Strikes and Globalizing the Anti- Apartheid Struggle

April 26, 2013

AbstractIn 1989 more than 700 South African political prisoners went on indefinite hunger strike to protest their detention.

ICC Speaker Series- The International Criminal Court: The Next Decade

March 6, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series- Shamila Batohi

February 27, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series- William Pace

February 20, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series- Carla Ferstman

February 13, 2013

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...

Screening of "Very Young Girls"

February 12, 2013

Screening of Very Young Girls followed by a casual discussion with Dr. Helen Stacy, Senior Fellow, FSI on Domestic Sex Trafficking

Apprehension and Surrender Challenges for the International Criminal Court

February 6, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series- Cherif Bassiouni

January 30, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series- Jim Fearon

January 23, 2013

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...

ICC Speaker Series-Richard Dicker

January 16, 2013

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...

The International Criminal Court: The Next Decade

January 9, 2013

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...

One Decade of the International Criminal Court: challenges and possibilities

December 7, 2012

During the academic year of 2012-2013, the Program on Human Rights’ Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Series will examine the International Criminal Court (ICC) featuring debates with...

The Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Steve Hege

December 4, 2012

The Program on Human Rights at CDDRL, the Center for African Studies and Student Anti-Genocide Coalition STAND are honored to host Steve Hege for this special seminar.

Human Rights Defenders on the Front Line: Voices from the Congo

November 14, 2012

This is a Special Seminar in partnership with the Africa Table and the Stanford Center for African Studies

Writing Under Seige

November 9, 2012

The Program on Human Rights at CDDRL and the Center for South Asia  are honored to host Basharat Peer, Sugi Ganeshananthan, Tsering Wangmo and Pireeni Sundaralingam for the panel debat on Writing...

Caste and the Meaning of Freedom

November 2, 2012

Panel Discussion featuring Anand Patwardhan, Gopal Guru and Aishwary Kumar

Film Screening and Discussion Jai Bhim Comrade

November 2, 2012

Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan

Health, Human Rights and Why We Should Care

October 30, 2012

Health is a product of biological and behavioral factors, and humanitarian law and human rights approaches have a long record of assisting the medical community to identify vulnerable people and...

Panel Discussion about Proposition 35 (the CASE Act) on human trafficking in California

October 24, 2012

This Panel will examine Proposition 35 (the CASE Act) slated for the November 2012 California Ballot.

The Long and Winding Road: Brazil's unique path to a Truth Commission and the hopes for justice in the future

October 16, 2012

On May 16, 2012, President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the Truth Commission (Comissão da Verdade) and announced the Access to Information Law (Lei de Acesso à Informação).

International Public Interest Initiative Symposium

October 11, 2012

This two-day symposium will bring together lawyers who are litigating human rights cases in international tribunals, lawyers who deploying international human rights frameworks to advance legal...

Summer Course Intensive - Honorable Fatu Bensouda

June 27, 2012

The Program on Human Rights at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, together with Stanford Summer Session are proud to offer a special session on human rights June 25 - July...

2012 Human Rights Education Symposium

June 9, 2012

A day-long symposium to discuss, share, and learn about teaching human rights education in a wide range of world areas, disciplines, and classroom settings.