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The Human Rights Center conducts research on serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and on war crimes. Using evidence-based methods and multidisciplinary frameworks, we collaborate with impacted communities, build blueprintable solutions to address some of the most significant human rights challenges of our time, and support efforts to hold perpetrators accountable. In doing so, we catalyze our work into effective action to further justice and accountability efforts.

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January 31, 2024

Human rights by other means

HRC in the News — USC Gould School of Law: Human rights by other means, a feature on Executive Director Betsy Popken. Executive Director

Drawing of UC Berkeley's Campanile

January 30, 2024

Could Canada Be Complicit in a ‘Plausible Genocide’?

HRC in the News — Canadaland: Could Canada Be Complicit in a ‘Plausible Genocide’?, interviewing HRC Research Fellow Amanda Ghahremani about South Africa’s filing against Israel to the

Ronald Lamola, South Africa’s minister of justice and correctional services, center, speaks to the press outside the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu via Getty Images

January 26, 2024

UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed

HRC in the News — The Conversation: UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed, interviewing Senior Researcher Victor Peskin.

January 22, 2024

For America’s Democracy… and Your Well-Being, Check the Facts

HRC in the News — On Shifting Ground: For America’s Democracy… and Your Well-Being, Check the Facts, both a renewing of the recent “Graphic” interview with Alexa and Andrea,

Judges and parties sit during a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Patrick Post

January 22, 2024

International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza

Commentary — Toronto Star: International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza, co-authored by Research Fellow Amanda Ghahremani.

A woman stands and looks at two other women, who are sitting. They are in a room with many chairs.

January 31, 2024

Human rights by other means

HRC in the News — USC Gould School of Law: Human rights by other means, a feature on Executive Director Betsy Popken. Executive Director

Drawing of UC Berkeley's Campanile

January 30, 2024

Could Canada Be Complicit in a ‘Plausible Genocide’?

HRC in the News — Canadaland: Could Canada Be Complicit in a ‘Plausible Genocide’?, interviewing HRC Research Fellow Amanda Ghahremani about South Africa’s filing against Israel to the

Ronald Lamola, South Africa’s minister of justice and correctional services, center, speaks to the press outside the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu via Getty Images

January 26, 2024

UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed

HRC in the News — The Conversation: UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed, interviewing Senior Researcher Victor Peskin.

January 22, 2024

For America’s Democracy… and Your Well-Being, Check the Facts

HRC in the News — On Shifting Ground: For America’s Democracy… and Your Well-Being, Check the Facts, both a renewing of the recent “Graphic” interview with Alexa and Andrea,

Judges and parties sit during a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Patrick Post

January 22, 2024

International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza

Commentary — Toronto Star: International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza, co-authored by Research Fellow Amanda Ghahremani.

An orange wildfire burns with brown and black smoke shrouding the sky above.

December 5, 2023

Climate candor: Ridding climate cases of questionable science

HRC in the News — Open Global Rights: Climate candor: Ridding climate cases of questionable science, authored by Alexa Koenig and Baiboon Sakulkarunaarree.

A view of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation from the bank of the Missouri River in Forest City, South Dakota. Nearby, there are three oil worker man camps. Kristina Barker

January 8, 2021

A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge

Commentary — High Country News: A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge by Kalen Goodluck, Lucy Meyer and Anjali Shrivastava (a collaboration with the Human Rights Center).

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October 19, 2005

Human rights researchers find widespread problems after 2004 tsunami

HRC in the News — Berkeley News: Human rights researchers find widespread problems after 2004 tsunami, writing about the report “After the Tsunami: Human Rights of Vulnerable

October 13, 2023

Fighting Impunity: International Criminal Court President Describes Triumphs and Challenges

Berkeley Law: Covering HRC event with ICC president Piotr Hofmański.

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April 11, 2023

Five lessons on housing for youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation

Commentary — #Verified from the Human Rights Center: Five lessons on housing for youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation, authored by Julie Freccero and Audrey Taylor.

Ugandan women collage

June 17, 2021

Five ways to prevent child marriage in refugee communities: 280 girls speak out

Commentary — Berkeley Blog: Five ways to prevent child marriage in refugee communities: 280 girls speak out, by Julie Freccero and Audrey Taylor.

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March 1, 2021

Hundreds of health workers attacked amid pandemic

HRC in the News — Associated Press: Hundreds of health workers attacked amid pandemic.   Image by SJ Objio via Upsplash

A view of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation from the bank of the Missouri River in Forest City, South Dakota. Nearby, there are three oil worker man camps. Kristina Barker

January 8, 2021

A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge

Commentary — High Country News: A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge by Kalen Goodluck, Lucy Meyer and Anjali Shrivastava (a collaboration with the Human Rights Center).

Palestinians carry belongings including pillows, a gas canister, and a soccer ball as they leave al-Ahli hospital, which they were using as a shelter, in Gaza City.

December 13, 2023

Q&A: Alexa Koenig on the potential and pitfalls of open source investigations

HRC in the News — Columbia Journalism Review: Q&A: Alexa Koenig on the potential and pitfalls of open source investigations, interviewing Alexa Koenig.

Palestinians gather at the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Maghazi, in the central Gaza Strip, November 3, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Fayq Abu Mostafa.

November 17, 2023

Breaks, grief and community: how to protect yourself when sifting through graphic visuals from Gaza and beyond

HRC in the News — Reuters Institute: Breaks, grief and community: how to protect yourself when sifting through graphic visuals from Gaza and beyond, covering the release of “Graphic:

Andrea and Alexa

November 7, 2023

Human Rights Center Leaders Offer Science-Based Advice on Processing Disturbing Imagery

HRC in the News — Berkeley Law: Human Rights Center Leaders Offer Science-Based Advice on Processing Disturbing Imagery, covering the release of “Graphic: Trauma and Meaning in our Online

Brian Nguyen (middle), a Human Rights Center research manager and lead trainer for the Yemen delegation, provides input during one of the workshops. Photo credit: Maggie Andresen

August 28, 2023

Berkeley Law Center Helps Train Yemen Investigators Pursuing Justice for Wartime Atrocities

HRC in the News — Berkeley Law: Berkeley Law Center Helps Train Yemen Investigators Pursuing Justice for Wartime Atrocities, a feature on HRC’s professional training program. Left:

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August 7, 2023

Blue-Check Blues and Trauma X-Posure: Coping with Viral Violence

On Shifting Ground Podcast: Interviewing Alexa Koenig and Andrea Lampros.

A bombed out building.

November 22, 2023

SRT grantees celebrates victory as France issues international arrest warrant for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

HRC in the News — Sigrid Rausing Trust: SRT grantees celebrates victory as France issues international arrest warrant for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, reporting on universal jurisdiction case

An collage of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in between two containers indicating chemical content.

November 15, 2023

French Magistrates Issue Arrest Warrants for the Syrian President and Three Associates for Chemical Weapons Attacks

HRC in the News — Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression: French Magistrates Issue Arrest Warrants for the Syrian President and Three Associates for Chemical Weapons Attacks,

An illustration of two scales and a circular olive branch are seen on a window of a building.

October 18, 2023

Hackers in the Hague? The Prospects of Prosecuting International Cyber Crimes Before the ICC

HRC in the News — Lawfare: Hackers in the Hague? The Prospects of Prosecuting International Cyber Crimes Before the ICC, citing Lindsay Freeman on the ICC’s decision to investigate

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October 13, 2023

Cybercrimes under consideration by the ICC

HRC in the News — IBA Global Insights Magazine: Cybercrimes under consideration by the ICC, interviewing Lindsay Freeman about the Article 15 Communications submitted to the ICC by the Human

Human Rights Center Director of Technology Law & Policy's Lindsay Freeman bottom left, with Asymmetrical Haircut's Stef bottom right, Janet top right, and Margherita top left.

September 29, 2023

Cybercrimes as war crimes with Lindsay Freeman

HRC in the News — Asymmetrical Haircuts: Cybercrimes as war crimes with Lindsay Freeman, interviewing Lindsay Freeman. Human Rights Center

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December 12, 2023

Fighting Uphill Battles, Human Rights Center Student Fellows Stay Resolute in Their Work

Spotlighting 2022 fellow alumnus and keynote speaker Anthony Ghaly and 2023 fellow Maria Fernanda Quintero Sirtori.

Human Rights Center fellow, Anthony Ghali.

December 19, 2022

Rare Feat: Berkeley Law Students Present Their Research at Major International Forum

HRC in the News — Berkeley Law: Rare Feat: Berkeley Law Students Present Their Research at Major International Forum, student researchers highlighted.

Net positive? Paul Salomone, a fisheries management biologist, samples herring to help determine whether the fishery should be opened for the day. (Nathaniel Wilder)

August 29, 2022

This Tiny Fish Holds Together Ecosystems and Cultures—It’s Also Under Threat, The Nation, written and reported by 2021 student fellow Brett Simpson

Student Fellowship Alumni — The Nation: This Tiny Fish Holds Together Ecosystems and Cultures—It’s Also Under Threat, The Nation, written and reported by 2021 student fellow Brett

HRC 2022 fellow Bhavya Joshi smiling for a picture.

June 24, 2022

Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights Researcher Includes Women Refugees from Ukraine to Croatia

HRC in the News — ReciHr: Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights Researcher Includes Women Refugees from Ukraine to Croatia, interviewing 2022 student fellow, Bhavya Joshi, on

A view of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation from the bank of the Missouri River in Forest City, South Dakota. Nearby, there are three oil worker man camps. Kristina Barker

January 8, 2021

A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge

Commentary — High Country News: A crude virus: How man camps can cause a COVID surge by Kalen Goodluck, Lucy Meyer and Anjali Shrivastava (a collaboration with the Human Rights Center).