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May 20, 2024

Pioneering Guide Helps Judges to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence

HRC in the News— WITNESS: Pioneering Guide Helps Judges to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal evidence based on the

A publications front page

May 20, 2024

New Guide Helps Judges and Fact-Finders to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence

HRC in the News— University of Essex: New Guide Helps Judges and Fact-Finders to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal

A publications front page

May 20, 2024

Evaluating Digital Open Source Imagery: A Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders

HRC in the News— OpinioJuris: Evaluating Digital Open Source Imagery: A Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal evidence

An individual holding an iPhone to record a crowd.

May 20, 2024

REAL OR FAKE?  NEW GUIDE WILL HELP JUDGES ASSESS DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE EVIDENCE IN LEGAL CASES

HRC in the News — Swansea University: REAL OR FAKE? NEW GUIDE WILL HELP JUDGES ASSESS DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE EVIDENCE IN LEGAL CASES, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on

Palestinians walking amid the rubble of destroyed buildings

April 29, 2024

International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult

Student Fellowship in the News — The Conversation: International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult, authored

A publications front page

May 20, 2024

Pioneering Guide Helps Judges to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence

HRC in the News— WITNESS: Pioneering Guide Helps Judges to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal evidence based on the

A publications front page

May 20, 2024

New Guide Helps Judges and Fact-Finders to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence

HRC in the News— University of Essex: New Guide Helps Judges and Fact-Finders to Navigate Digital Open Source Evidence, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal

A publications front page

May 20, 2024

Evaluating Digital Open Source Imagery: A Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders

HRC in the News— OpinioJuris: Evaluating Digital Open Source Imagery: A Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on assessing legal evidence

An individual holding an iPhone to record a crowd.

May 20, 2024

REAL OR FAKE?  NEW GUIDE WILL HELP JUDGES ASSESS DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE EVIDENCE IN LEGAL CASES

HRC in the News — Swansea University: REAL OR FAKE? NEW GUIDE WILL HELP JUDGES ASSESS DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE EVIDENCE IN LEGAL CASES, regarding the publication of a new guide for judges on

Palestinians walking amid the rubble of destroyed buildings

April 29, 2024

International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult

Student Fellowship in the News — The Conversation: International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult, authored

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).

Image by NOAA on Unsplash

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.

FAM Caregiver recruitment ad. Image by Freedom Forward.

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.

Image by SJ Objio via Upsplash

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).

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March 23, 2024

Investigation Finds Dozens Of Iranian Protesters Lost Their Eyes

HRC in the News — Iran International: Investigation Finds Dozens Of Iranian Protesters Lost Their Eyes, profiling the Iran investigation supported by the Investigations Lab and HRC’s

Two young women look at the camera.

March 21, 2024

More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms

HRC in the News — Berkeley News: More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms, profiling the Iran investigation supported by the Investigations Lab and HRC’s

Official Launch: Iranian Archive. Following the release of the UN Fact-finding Mission on Iran's report to the UN Human Rights Council, our coalition is announcing the launch of the Iranian Archive. This landmark archive forensically preserved 1,000,000+ vulnerable digital artifacts recording serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Woman, Life, Freedom movement protesters. The Iranian Archive is intended to support future investigations and accountability proceedings.

March 18, 2024

Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts

HRC in the News — Mnemonic: Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts, announcing the Iran Archive – a joint effort by the Atlantic Council’s Strategic

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February 28, 2024

Human Rights Center hosts UN high commissioner, launches digital open source investigations

HRC in the News — The Daily Californian: Human Rights Center hosts UN high commissioner, launches digital open source investigations, reporting on the Berkeley Protocol launch with U.N. High

February 23, 2024

HRC and U.N. Human Rights launch Berkeley Protocol

Berkeley Human Rights Center and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights co-launch global guidelines on investigating human rights violations online On February 13, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk

Ruins of a city re pictured.

March 18, 2024

Le défi des enquêtes sur le web

HRC in the News — La Presse: Le défi des enquêtes sur le web, interviewing Lindsay Freeman. Left: In Eastern Ghouta, Syria, more than 1,000 people were killed in sarin gas attacks in

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

March 13, 2024

Evidence of Russian Cyber Operations Could Bolster New ICC Arrest Warrants

Commentary — Lawfare: Evidence of Russian Cyber Operations Could Bolster New ICC Arrest Warrants, authored by Lindsay Freeman.

A group of people sit around a table. Flags of the International Criminal Court are present.

February 2, 2024

ICC Office of the Prosecutor hosts conference on cyber-enabled crimes

HRC in the News —   ICC Office of the Prosecutor: ICC Office of the Prosecutor hosts conference on cyber-enabled crimes, featuring Lindsay Freeman (remarks begin at 2:55).  

A toy bulldozer is shown among small toy buildings.

January 10, 2024

Cyberattacks as war crimes

HRC in the News — IBA Global Insights Magazine: Cyberattacks as war crimes, interviewing Technology, Law & Policy Director Lindsay Freeman.

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

Palestinians walking amid the rubble of destroyed buildings

April 29, 2024

International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult

Student Fellowship in the News — The Conversation: International prosecution of Israeli or Hamas leaders wouldn’t bring quick justice − and even bringing them to court will be difficult, authored

A young man sits and looks off-camera, there are two other people closer to the camera that are not in focus.

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