Asian International Justice Initiative: The Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) began in 2006 as a collaboration between the East-West Center (EWC) and Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center (WCSC). In 2013, the WCSC moved to Stanford University and adopted a new name: the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice (Handa Center). AIJI combines the Asia-Pacific regional expertise of the EWC and the transitional justice research and human rights training capabilities of the Handa Center. AIJI was formed in recognition of the joint aim of the parties to foster initiatives in the Asia-Pacific (or for Asia-Pacific partners) that promote standards of excellence in international justice and human rights as it is practiced throughout the region. Under the AIJI umbrella, the Handa Center and EWC work in close partnership with regional and country-specific institutions to implement programs that generally promote human rights education, understanding and awareness of internationally recognized fair trial standards, and requirements for the accountability and the rule of law, especially in international criminal trials and human rights proceedings in national courts. All projects are directed by Professor David Cohen, a leading expert in international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
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Find out more about our activities in the region, see AIJI’s Current Projects.
About the East-West Center & the Handa Center:
The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.
Established in 2013 at Stanford University, the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Law succeeds and carries on all the work of the University of California at Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center (‘WCSC’), which was established by Professor David Cohen in 2000. Since its founding over a decade ago, the Center has been dedicated to promoting the rule of law, accountability, and human rights around the world, in post-conflict settings, developing countries, and in societies grappling with difficult legacies from a historical period of violent conflict. Through research and international programs, the WSD Handa Center supports and helps improve the work of domestic courts, international tribunals and human rights commissions around the world. Relying on a small core group of lawyers, scholars, student interns, and volunteers, the Center concentrates its resources where it can make a real difference helping people make sense of the past, come to terms with periods of violent social upheaval, and build institutions that will promote justice and accountability.