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 28 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Jason Stearns, "Congo Past and Present: Reflections on Rights-Based Advocacy After Twenty Years of Conflict"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 129

Jason Stearns is a CIC Senior Fellow and Director of the Congo Research Group. Jason has been working on conflict dynamics in Central Africa since 2001, when he spent a year working for a local human rights group in Bukavu. He has worked for the International Crisis Group, the UN Group of Experts on the DR Congo, and the Rift Valley Institute.

October 3 Tuesday

Dror Ladin '10, "The Historic Settlement in ACLU Case on Behalf of Three Torture Victims"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 122

Dror Ladin is a staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project, and was previously a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. Prior to joining the Immigrants' Rights Project, Dror clerked for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as a fellow at the ACLU National Security Project and as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Lunch Provided.

October 4 Wednesday

Guy Goodwin-Gill, "The International Refugee Protection Regime Under Threat: Are the Global Compacts the Way Ahead?”

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 128

Guy S. Goodwin Gill is Professor of Law at UNSW and Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. He is also Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law of the University of Oxford, and practises as a barrister from Blackstone Chambers in London.

October 16 Monday

Binger Inaugural Lecture with Professor Jim Silk '89

4:30PM to 6:00PM

Yale Law School, Faculty Lounge

James J. Silk is the Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights at Yale Law School, where he teaches the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He is director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. He founded and directs the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights in Yale College.

October 19 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: David D. Cole, "Fighting the Muslim Ban"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

David Cole is National Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union.  He has litigated many constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flag burning; National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restriction on NEA funding; and Holder v.

October 26 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Christopher Sabatini, "Why Has the Hemispheric Consensus over Democracy and Human Rights Fractured over Venezuela?"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Christopher Sabatini is a lecturer of international relations and policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, the founder and executive director of the new research non-profit, Global Americans and the editor of its news and opinion website With support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ford Foundation, Global Americans conducts research on social inclusion and foreign policy and democracy and human rights.

November 2 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Sarah Azaransky, "Global Roots of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Sarah Azaransky is assistant professor of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is author of This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford), editor of Religion and Politics in America’s Borderlands (Lexington), and co-wrote the successful application for Pauli Murray’s childhood home to receive National Historic Landmark designation.

November 8 Wednesday

Michael Posner, "Making Progress: Human Rights as An Essential Element of Sustainable Business"

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 128

Michael H. Posner is the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance and a Professor of Business and Society at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he is working to launch the first-ever center on business and human rights at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization.

November 9 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Melissa Hooper, "“Lessons from Poland’s Attacks on Independent Institutions: Civil Society, the Media, and the Judiciary”

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 129

Melissa Hooper is a lawyer, a rule of law expert, and the Director of Human Rights and Civil Society programs at Human Rights First.

November 14 Tuesday

Financing Your Summer Public Interest Job

1:10PM to 2:00PM

Room 122

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.

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