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ARD welcomes Egyptian intellectual Amr Hamzawy as a visiting scholar

October 2015

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is pleased to welcome Egyptian academic and Former Member of Parliament Amr Hamzawy as a...

Bassem Youssef on politics and satire

October 2015

Hosted by the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL, Bassem Youssef spoke on politics and satire with the Stanford community on Monday, September 28.

Summer fellows share stories of struggle and triumph

September 2015

In July, the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) welcomed a group of 23 democracy leaders from around the developing world for a three-week training program on 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...

At Oslo Freedom Forum, former fellow speaks on lack of political participation among youth

June 2015

Recently, Amira Yahyaoui (former Draper Hills Summer Fellow, Tunisia '14) spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum, calling for governments to increase opportunities for youth leadership in the political...

Noura Erakat analyzes the political and legal contexts of the 2014 Gaza war [VIDEO]

May 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Noura Erakat examined the political and legal contexts for the 2014 Gaza war. In July and August...

Ben Ahmed examines the challenge of youth alienation in the Tunisian transition [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, Executive Director of the Mediterranean Development Initiative Ghazi Ben Ahmed examined the challenge of youth alienation in the...

Paul Amar examines social militarization in Egypt and Brazil [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, UC Santa Barbara Political Scientist Paul Amar discussed his book The Security Archipelago, winner of the 2014 Charles Taylor Book...

UCSB historian revisits Egypt's 1977 bread uprising [VIDEO]

April 2015

As part of the Arab Reform and Democracy Program's speaker series, UC Santa Barbara Historian Sherene Seikaly discusses her research on Egypt's 1977 bread intifada. A return to the historical...

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...

Carolyn Miles, CEO and president of Save the Children, speaks at Stanford

March 2015

Carolyn Miles, CEO and president of Save the Children, spoke on her organization’s efforts to protect children’s rights in many countries of the world at the Stanford Program on Human Rights’...

Visiting scholar on Mongolia's worsening business environment

February 2015

CDDRL Visiting Scholar and former Foreign Minister of Mongolia Zandanshatar Gombojav recently published an article in a Mongolian news outlet, Today.mn, commenting on the nation's deteriorating...

Mark Lorey of World Vision speaks on faith-based international NGOs

February 2015

Mark Lorey, vice president for Child Development and Program Effectiveness at World Vision International, spoke on his experience working for a faith-based international NGO on human rights issues...

Julie Cordua speaks on child exploitation and sexual abuse imagery

February 2015

Julie Cordua, executive director of Thorn, a non-profit organization founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, spoke passionately on the topic child exploitation and sexual abuse imagery for the...

John Githongo on Africa’s new autocrats

February 2015

On Feb. 5, Kenyan journalist and anti-corruption leader, John Githongo, delivered the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service at Stanford University.

Nick Deychakiwsky and Maurice Middleberg speak on 'fabric of NGOs'

January 2015

Nick Deychakiwsky, program officer at the C.S.

Douglas Rutzen, president and CEO of ICNL, speaks on defending civil society

January 2015

Douglas Rutzen, president and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., gave a talk on defending...

Stanford student shares experiences from UN human rights training conference

January 2015

Lauren Wedekind is a Stanford undergraduate studying Human Biology and Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Activist speaks on prospect of revolution in Cambodia

February 2014

At a CDDRL event on February 3, human rights activist Virak Ou, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, discussed the recent protests in Cambodia, addressing the potential conditions...

Stanford Human Rights Summer Fellowship now accepting applications

November 2013

The Program on Human Rights at CDDRL, in partnership with the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, is offering up to three summer fellowships to talented Stanford undergraduates interested in...

Evaluating the impact and future of the International Criminal Court

May 2013

In March, Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself unexpectedly to the U.S.

The Program on Human Rights spring quarter newsletter

April 2013

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is looking forward to an exciting quarter with a continued focus on human trafficking and human...