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Paul Linden-Retek

Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow


Paul Linden-Retek is a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale in 2018 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012.

Paul’s research and teaching interests are in modern and contemporary political theory, international human rights, the study of constitutional democracy, and critical theory: in particular questions of identity, pluralism, and citizenship; the legitimacy and ethics of borders; the political philosophy of European integration; refugee and asylum law; and law and the humanities.  

At Yale College, Paul has taught on the politics and theory of human rights, the moral foundations of politics, political philosophy, law and globalization, and public international law. In 2014, Paul helped found Yale's Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights Studies, in which he advises participating students and co-teaches the Program's introductory and capstone courses. In 2019-20, Paul was a Post-doctoral Emile Noël Global Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, New York University School of Law. 

Paul served previously as a legal adviser in the Human Rights Section, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic; the Legal Unit, International Civilian Office/EU Special Representative, Kosovo; and the EU Department, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. At Yale Law School, he was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Fund Prize for excellence in the field of international law and served as student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. 

His academic work has been published or is forthcoming in the International Journal of Constitutional LawGlobal Constitutionalism, the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, and the Yale Journal of International Law; and his public writing has appeared in the Boston ReviewopenDemocracy, and Social Europe.

Paul Linden-Retek