The Schell Center coordinates a diverse program of human rights activities that serve students and scholars at Yale and contribute to the development of the human rights community locally and internationally. The Center sponsors frequent panels, lectures, and discussions, including the weekly Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events. The Schell Center also works in collaboration with other centers and programs at Yale to sponsor interdisciplinary events.

Upcoming Events


October 25 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Milan Svolik, "Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Milan Svolik is a Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory.  Svolik has authored and co-authored articles on the politics of authoritarian regimes and democratization in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.

October 29 Monday

Book Talk: The Trump Administration and International Law

4:10PM to 5:30PM

Room 129

A discussion with Professor Harold Hongju Koh on his new book, The Trump Administration and International Law. Commentary provided by Jake Sullivan ‘03.

November 8 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Rafia Zakaria, "Emissaries of Empowerment: Dynamics of Western Feminist Interventions to “Rescue” Women of the Global South"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Rafia Zakaria is an Attorney, a columnist at  DAWN, Pakistan, a CNN Contributor and the author of
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan & Veil (2017).

November 12 Monday

Financing Your Summer Public Interest Job

12:10PM to 1:00PM

Room 129

Looking for a summer job raises a host of financial questions such as: Can I get SPIF funding? Travel abroad funding? Does a firm salary affect my financial aid? Are there any non-need based sources of funding? Get the answers to these and other questions from Jacqueline Outlaw and Kellie Webb of the Financial Aid Office, Hope Metcalf of the Schell Center, and Norma D’Apolito of the Career Development Office.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

November 15 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Justin Hansford, "Lawyering for Black Lives in the Context of Human and Civil Rights"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Justin Hansford is an Associate Professor of Law and Executive Director of the new Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. He was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives.

November 29 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Leah Zamore '14, "The Political Economy of International Refugee Protection"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Leah Zamore leads the Humanitarian Crises program at New York University's Center on International Cooperation. In prior years, she has taught international human rights law in Sao Paulo, advised the government of Brazil on refugee and humanitarian affairs, served as a policy aide to the Deputy High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency, and worked with refugees and internally displaced persons in Ethiopia, northern Uganda, and South Africa. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on international refugee protection and a graduate of Yale Law School ('14).

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