November 21, 2019

Our five-day (January 6-10) intensive workshop will provide hands-on training in open source investigations skills, legal, and digital security techniques required for collecting, analyzing and documenting publicly available online information for use in law, advocacy, or journalism. CLE credits available to lawyers.

October 29, 2019

Lunch and conference: 12:30-4:30pm, Warren Room, Berkeley Law
Party: 5pm at the new Human Rights Center House, 2224 Piedmont Ave.

Join us for Ted-style talks from our 2019 Human Rights Center Fellows on human rights in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and California. Keynote at 4pm from Dr. Liz Barnert on El Salvador. Come for all or part of the day.

Reception: 6:15pm in Berkeley Law Donor Lobby
Screening: 7pm in Booth Auditorium, followed by a conversation among the filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and Eric Stover

July 10, 2019

As part of a $9.3-million grant from the California Department of Social Services, the Health and Human Rights Program at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Centerhas won a $1-million grant to develop and evaluate a home-based foster care pilot for youth who are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the grant at a press conference in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood today. 

May 1, 2019

Berkeley News

A “super-experimental” lab launched at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 to teach students to mine social media for potential human rights violations and war crimes today is producing a new generation of human rights investigators — and they’re being scooped up by employers including Amnesty International, the New York Times, the BBC and the International Criminal Court.

April 29, 2019

AI can serve humanity and promote positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes through a focus on human-centered, inclusive AI design, but there is great concern over how AI can reinforce or create bias and discrimination, especially for marginalized groups. This article brings in human rights principles to help address such social challenges.

April 18, 2019

Berkeley News

When the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, two alumni of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a former cartoonist for the Daily Californian staff were honored.

Stephen Hobbs, who earned his master’s degree in 2014, was part of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel staff in Broward County that won the public service award for its coverage of the mass shooting last year at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Their work exposed the failings by school and law enforcement before and after the deadly rampage.

April 17, 2019

The Human Rights Center was honored to host the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, on April 27, 2019, at our new home at 

February 26, 2019

A panel of scientists went to Brazil to identify the body of the infamous Nazi. Remains from a cemetery near São Paulo were revealed to be those of the notorious Auschwitz doctor. HRC's Eric Stover was part of this group. He recently told the BBC's Witness History the story of the investigation, exhumation, and analysis of Mengele's bones. "To see that this man was finally in his grave was important," Stover said. 

February 19, 2019


Kim Thuy Seelinger is the Director of the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights Center at University of California’s Berkeley School of Law (HRC). She oversees the Center’s research, teaching, and writing on sexual violence during armed conflict and forced migration.

Berkeley News

Growing up in Southern California, Tijuana was simply a stopping point for Thanh Mai Bercher. She’d pass through it on her way to visiting family and surfing in Ensenada.

“My family knew Tijuana as a dangerous city that we never stopped in,” Bercher says. “We were always kind of barreling through to get to the beach towns.”

Bercher, a 2017 UC Berkeley graduate and a former fellow with Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, doesn’t make it to the beach so much anymore.

February 18, 2019


She can be heard here (at minutes 34:10 and 1:19:10). Wai Wai told the committee that sexual and gender-based violence committed by the Myanmar military was prevalent in Rakhine State in 2016 and beyond but consistently denied.

February 14, 2019

Berkeley News

"I don't mind a little turmoil,” said Buxbaum. "I have to tell you. I didn't then, and I don't now.” 

December 24, 2018

California Magazine

Chris Beale doesn’t call himself a photographer. Or a journalist. Or an activist. When asked his profession, the 42-year-old is quiet for a moment before replying, “Gardener. I’m a landscape gardener.”

But Beale, who is plainspoken and reserved, is also one of the first photographers to document the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar that has led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

December 22, 2018

Buzzfeed News

Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the group of 20 men kneeled in the dirt, hoods covering their faces. Behind them, men wearing black T-shirts and camouflage pants pointed guns at the backs of their heads. Their commander paced beside them.

Then he gave the order to fire.

As recently as a decade ago, a summary execution like this might have been lost in a sea of other wartime atrocities. But this nauseating scene happened to be filmed, and posted on social media.

December 12, 2018

Dr. Cristián Orrego BenaventeWith great sadness, we announce that Dr. Cristián Orrego Benavente, the founding director of the Human Rights Center’s Forensic Project, died on December 12 at his home in San Salvador.

December 11, 2018

Business can affect the realization of human rights along with every point of the value chain. A new class offered by the Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas, Negotiating Human Rights Solutions in Business (UGBA 192N.4), addresses how the current issue of politically motivated disinformation (PMD, or “fake news”), or any false information that is intentionally disseminated for political purposes, impacts human rights. 

December 10, 2018

Alexa Koenig moderates a panel on AI at the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 7, 2018

Berkeley News

The world of lavish spectacle, worldwide media attention and sumptuous banquets isn’t exactly in Kim Thuy Seelinger’s wheelhouse.

That ends Monday when Seelinger will be wearing a ball gown for the first time in her life. She’ll be doing it in Oslo, Norway, as her friend and colleague, Dr. Denis Mukwege, is being feted as a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

November 26, 2018

Washington Post

Félim McMahon, who directs the technology and human rights program at the University of California at Berkeley law school’s Human Rights Center, described the United Nations’ pace of reform as “turning several battleships tied together.”