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


September 19 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Helen F. Siu, "Hong Kong: Ground Zero, and a Global Awakening"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Helen F. Siu, is a Professor of Anthropology and former chair of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. She has conducted decades of fieldwork in Southern China exploring the nature of socialist state power. Lately, she explores rural-urban interface in China, inter-Asian connections, popular music and new political space in Hong Kong. She is the founding director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.

September 24 Tuesday

Erendira Vanegas, "The Human Rights Crisis in Nicaragua Before and After the 2018 Uprising"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Erendira Vanegas is coordinator of the New Haven Leon Sister City Project Domestic Violence Prevention Program, which has been active promoting women's rights in Leon and in nearby rural communities. She also coordinates the NHLSCP internship and delegation programs in Leon and has worked with the organization for ten years.

September 26 Thursday

HRW: Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, "Social Rights in the Courts: A Comparative Perspective"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez is a member of the Supreme Court of Israel since 2012.

October 17 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Viviana Krsticevic, "Litigating for Social Change in the Inter-American System of Human Rights"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Viviana Krsticevic is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), a civil society organization that works throughout the Americas to promote human rights through the use of international law and the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. In this capacity, Ms. Krsticevic has litigated numerous leading cases on behalf of victims of human rights violations before both the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights.

October 31 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Richard Ashby Wilson, "International Legal Ethnography and New Legal Realism"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Richard Ashby Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Wilson is the author or editor of 11 books on international human rights, humanitarianism, truth and reconciliation commissions and international criminal tribunals. His latest book, Incitement On Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes explains why international criminal tribunals struggle to convict individuals for inciting speech and proposes a new model of prevention.

November 7 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Kaitlin Y. Cordes, "Human Rights Law and the Investment Treaty Regime"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Kaitlin Y. Cordes developed and leads the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s work on investments in land and agriculture, as well as the Center's work on the intersection of human rights and international investment. Prior to joining CCSI, she worked with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch and served as an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (Olivier De Schutter). She also has worked with a range of social justice organizations in the United States and India, and clerked for Justice Virginia A. Long of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

November 14 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Ginger Thompson, "Revealing the True Costs of 'Zero Tolerance' at the U.S. Border"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Ginger Thompson is a Senior Reporter at ProPublica.

November 21 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Fabio de Sa e Silva, "Fighting Corruption, Building Fascism? Legal Institutions and Democratic Recession in Brazil"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Fabio is Assistant Professor of International Studies and Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He studies the social organization and the political impact of law and justice in Brazil and comparatively.  In 2015, he was a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession.

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