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University of California, Berkeley Human Rights Center

Berkeley, California

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions Recipient

University of California, Berkeley Human Rights Center was awarded $5,216,443 between 1999 and 2016, including 10 grants in Human Rights and MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.


2016 • 3 years • Human Rights

The Berkeley Human Rights Center (HRC) promotes human rights and international justice worldwide, and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. The grant supports the Center's Sexual Violence Program, which uses empirical research methods to improve protection for survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in post-conflict settings and other humanitarian contexts, and advances accountability for crimes that are committed. During the award period, HRC will help local practitioners in Africa use its research and adopt new international guidance on SGBV evidence collection and survivor support. Funds will support targeted technical assistance to African judges, prosecutors, and victims' counsel working on cases involving sexual violence as an international crime. Finally, HRC will create a permanent, online resource library of practical tools, as well as a framework for networking and exchange among African legal practitioners and policymakers.


2014 • 4 years • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

The Human Rights Center of the University of California-Berkeley, School of Law, is working to address four key issues: sexual violence during conflict; the use of forensic science to reunite families separated by war; support of victims and witnesses of atrocities; and the use of technology in human rights investigations. The purpose of this institutional grant is to create an endowment to facilitate the long-term financial stability of the Center, as well as to provide a flexible cash reserve to enable its sexual violence program to respond to emerging opportunities and promote its long-term stability.


2012 • 3 years, 3 months • Human Rights

The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley (HRC), is an independent research center that applies scientific methods and innovative technologies to promote human rights and international humanitarian law worldwide. HRC seeks general support over the next three years to improve the capacity of governments, relief agencies, and local human rights organizations, primarily in the Great Lakes region, to protect and secure justice for victims of atrocity crimes, especially sexual and gender-based violence.


2009 • 3 years, 8 months • Human Rights

In support of general operations (over three years).


2008 • 3 years • Human Rights

To support the Advancing New Technologies for Justice and Human Rights initiative (over three years).


2008 • 1 year, 4 months • Human Rights

In support of an International Justice lecture titled, Bearing Witness to Atrocity.


2006 • 4 years • Human Rights

To conduct surveys of victims in ICC referral countries and to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of systemic human rights violations (over three years).


2005 • 1 year, 5 months • Human Rights

In support of The Database Project: Supporting the Reintegration of Child Returnees of the Lord's Resistance Army.


2004 • 2 years, 3 months • Human Rights

To support the project Education for Reconciliation: Creating a History Curriculum after Genocide.


1999 • 5 years

For the collaborative research project Communities in Crisis: Justice, Accountability, and Social Reconstruction in the Aftermath of Genocide in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia (over three years).

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