Human Rights Center
The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law conducts research on war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. Using evidence-based methods and innovative technologies, we support efforts to hold perpetrators accountable and to protect vulnerable populations. We also train students and advocates to research, investigate, and document human rights violations and turn this information into effective action. We are guided by the need to listen to and support survivors, test innovative ideas, draw from multiple disciplines, use rigorous methods, and collaborate.
The Human Rights Center has conducted research and investigations in dozens of countries, including the United States, Syria, Iraq, Rwanda, Uganda, Myanmar, and the former Yugoslavia. We have taught, trained, and provided fellowships to thousands of graduate and undergraduate students who taken leadership positions with universities, nongovernmental organizations, media, and advocacy groups worldwide. Our faculty, staff, and students collaborate with leading human rights organizations, international bodies, legal organizations, and media to strengthen human rights investigations and international accountability.
Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health at UC Berkeley. With forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow, Stover launched the first forensic investigations of the disappeared in Central and South America. In 1985, he participated in the forensic investigation of the remains of the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, he served on several medico-legal investigations as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Julie Freccero is the Director of the Health and Human Rights Program. She launched this program in 2017, which aims to improve the health and protection of marginalized populations affected by humanitarian crises, forced displacement, and violence. Her current projects are aimed at preventing the exploitation of youth through community partnerships, applied research, and innovative pilot interventions.
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Berkeley, CA 94720