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Alina Utrata '17 wins Marshall Scholarship
Alina Utrata '17 wins Marshall Scholarship
Kallen wins Truman scholarship
Kallen wins Truman scholarship
Handa Center interns in Cambodia
Handa Center interns in Cambodia
Handa Center students talk with Handa Center director David Cohen
Handa Center students talk with Handa Center director David Cohen
Handa Center annual report cover

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A Kinder Truman Doctrine 

 Handa Center Research Fellow Mark Hanis pens a letter in Foreign Affairs Magazine

Could new slavery numbers complicate efforts to end the global crime? 

 Handa Center Program Manager Jessie Brunner weighs in on the data challenges related to human trafficking in this Reuters news article

Trying to Right Wrongs

The Stanford Alumni Magazine highlights the Handa Center's human rights education and action

Stanford junior wins 2017 Truman Scholarship

Alexis Kallen, Human Rights Minor, wins scholarship for students committed to careers in public service

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Mission

The Handa Center equips a new generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect and promote human rights and dignity for all. Reflecting a deep commitment to international justice and the rule of law, the Center collaborates with partners across Stanford University and beyond on innovative programs that foster critical inquiry in the classroom and in the world.

Since its founding nearly two decades ago, the Center has pursued its mission through a range of international programs including justice sector capacity-building initiatives, civil society outreach efforts, trial monitoring, expert consultancies, and archival resource development, with a focus on transitional justice initiatives and new technologies. In 2014, Director David Cohen moved the Center from UC Berkeley to Stanford University with the generous support of Dr. Haruhisa Handa. The move enabled the Center to sustain its established international programs while expanding the scope of opportunities for meaningful student engagement by integrating classroom curricula with faculty research, student internships, and community-engaged learning opportunities. 

HUMRTS 104 class field trip

The Stanford Daily wrote about HUMRTS 104: Introduction to Disability Studies and Disability Rights, a new course launched by the Handa Center this

Image from Stanford Politics article on LGBTI panel

Stanford Politics, a student run newsmagazine, has produced several articles covering Handa Center events on campus.

Cover of Handa Center Annual Report

The past academic year has seen important developments for the Handa Center, both on the Stanford campus and beyond.

  • Aug 15, 2017

    On 23 November 2016, the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued its long-awaited final judgment in the first part of the ongoing trial against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the two surviving senior leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime, which lasted from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979. The well-reasoned and balanced final judgment sets a positive example for the Cambodian domestic court system and other international tribunals, while also hopefully raising the standard of production for the Trial Chamber’s pending judgment in Case 002/02.

  • Jun 23, 2017

    In June 2017, Parties to Case 002/02 returned to the Trial Chamber, six months after the end of evidentiary hearings, to hear closing statements from all sides in this second and final trial against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. Over the course of two weeks, each Party presented their final oral arguments, summarizing the main points contained in the lengthy written briefs they each filed on 2 May 2017. This report summarizes the two weeks of closing arguments of the Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP), Lead Co-Lawyers for Civil Parties (LCLCP), and Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan Defense Teams.

  • Dec 16, 2016

    This week the Trial Chamber heard from two witnesses on the nature of armed conflict and also held the presentation of key documents on the same subject. On Thursday the Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) and Defense Team for Khieu Samphan presented their key documents related to the segment on the nature of armed conflict, including contemporaneous telegrams and meeting minutes as well as academic sources. 

  • Dec 16, 2016

    The Trial Chamber began the week by hearing responses from the OCP and Khieu Samphan Defense to key documents presented last week related to the nature of armed conflict.  Following this, the remainder of 2-TCW-1065’s testimony was heard related to conflict in the East Zone.  Next, the Chamber heard from Civil Party Mr. Sar Sarin, the first to testify on the role of the Accused. Thus, after a day break on Wednesday to mark Cambodian Independence Day, the court heard from the next two witnesses scheduled to testify in this segment: 2-TCW-913, and 2-TCCP-235.

  • Dec 16, 2016

    The Trial Chamber began the week by hearing responses from the OCP and Khieu Samphan Defense to key documents presented last week related to the nature of armed conflict.  Following this, the remainder of 2-TCW-1065’s testimony was heard related to conflict in the East Zone.  Next, the Chamber heard from Civil Party Mr. Sar Sarin, the first to testify on the role of the Accused. Thus, after a day break on Wednesday to mark Cambodian Independence Day, the court heard from the next two witnesses scheduled to testify in this segment: 2-TCW-913, and 2-TCCP-235.