Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates.

The Human Rights Center (HRC) is a research and training center that applies innovative technologies and scientific methods to investigate war crimes and other serious violations of human rights. Based on its findings, HRC recommends specific policy measures to protect vulnerable populations and hold perpetrators accountable. HRC trains advocates around the world and provides them with the skills and tools necessary to document human rights abuses and turn this information into effective action.

Three core goals guide the Human Rights Center's activities:

  • Pursue accountability for mass atrocities
  • Ensure that needs of survivors are heard
  • Strengthen the research and advocacy capacities of local and international human rights organizations

The Human Rights Center is part of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

HRC Website:

Eric Stover
(510) 642-0965
Staff contact
Alexey Berlind
(510) 642-0965
Mailing address

2224 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

In News

June 29, 2020

Students’ expertise helps map 11 days, 125 acts of U.S. police violence

Five hundred videos in 10 days. That’s the job 10 students and alumni at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Investigations Lab and students at Cambridge University recently tackled with researchers from Amnesty International’s Citizen Evidence Lab to map police violence across the U.S. in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody. Together, they searched for, examined and verified digital content shot by citizens and posted on social media.