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


January 24 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: David Luban, "Personality Disruption as Torture: Interrogational Abuse and the U.S. Torture Act"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

David Luban teaches in the law school and philosophy department at Georgetown, and is also the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Stockdale Center on Ethical Leadership,United States Naval Academy. He has written and lectured widely on legal ethics, just war theory, international criminal law, and legal philosophy. Luban's most recent book, Torture, Power, and Law won the American Publisher's Association's PROSE Award.

January 31 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Yascha Mounk

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Yascha Mounk is a senior fellow in New America's Political Reform program and a lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Mounk is the author of three books, most recently The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, which has been widely discussed and translated into seven languages. The host of The Good Fight podcast and a columist for Slate, Mounk also regularly writes for the New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic and Foreign Affairs.

February 7 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Martina Caroni (LLM '01) "Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Externalization of Migration Controls, Human Rights and State Responsibility"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Martina Caroni is tenured Professor of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) and obtained a Doctorate from the University of Berne and an LL.M. ('01) from YLS. She has extensively worked on issues relating to Migration and Human Rights, is a member of the Swiss Federal Commission on Migration and a Forced Return Monitor for the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture.

February 14 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Michael C. Davis, "Reversing the Liberal Retreat and Establishing Constitutionalism in Emerging Democracies in Asia"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Michael C. Davis is the Professor of Law and International Affairs at Jindal Global University and currently a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. He was the 2016-2017 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. A Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he has held distinguished professorships at Northwestern University (2005-6), Notre Dame (2004-5) and at Case Western Reserve (2000), as well as the Schell Senior Human Rights Fellowship at Yale Law School (1994-5).

February 28 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Azmat Khan, "How To Investigate Civilian Deaths In War”

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Azmat Khan is an award-winning investigative journalist, a New York Times Magazine Contributing Writer, a fellow at New America, and the James Madison Visiting Professor on First Amendment Issues at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is working on a book for Random House investigating the uncounted costs of America's precision wars.

March 7 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Mehdi Hakimi, "Human Rights in Afghanistan: The ICC and the Taliban"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Mehdi Hakimi is the executive director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School. He develops and implements projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia, and Rwanda. He also teaches seminars on international rule of law and legal education. Mehdi has worked with various organizations on international development and human rights issues. He was the chair of the law department at the American University of Afghanistan. In collaboration with The Asia Foundation, he has designed and directed legal and educational programs in developing countries.

March 21 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Jeffrey S. Kahn '10, " From Nixon's Guantánamo to Trump's Asylum Ban: A Brief History of US Border Externalization"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Jeffrey Kahn is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on issues of migration, mobility, border policing, and sovereignty. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at UC Davis, Professor Kahn was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, a Robina Foundation International Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, and a law clerk to the Hon. Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

March 28 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Adriana Carranca, "Human Rights and Partisanship: Can We Defend Universal Rights in a Divided World? The Case of the 2018 Presidential Elections in Brazil"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Calabresi Faculty Lounge

Adriana Carranca is a journalist and non-fiction writer. She has worked for over 15 years reporting to and from Latin America, covering mainly armed conflicts, human rights, and humanitarian crisis, on assignment to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, D.R. Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico, Haiti, and elsewhere, as well as all over Brazil. She is the 2018 recipient of the Overseas Press Club Scholars Award. Her articles have appeared at The Atlantic, Foriegn Policy magazine, Slate, and others.

April 4 Thursday

Bernstein Symposium: "Borders, Refuge and Rights"

4:00PM to 6:00PM

TBD

Conversations about the international refugee system’s many failings often focus on refugees as objects of humanitarian relief rather than as rights-bearers and political subjects. The opening panel will consider who speaks for refugees and how. This session will feature a keynote address by Chris Abani, to be followed by a conversation among writers and journalists about the potential for language to recenter public discourse on refugees’ own dignity, agency and humanity.

April 5 Friday

Bernstein Symposium: "Borders, Refuge and Rights"

10:00AM to 5:30PM

TBD

The figures are overwhelming. An estimated 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, or violence. Current crises across the globe – Bangladesh, Syria, Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen – have revealed the crumbling foundations of the international refugee regime. Questions that have hounded that system since its founding reverberate even more loudly today amidst the populist and nationalist backlash to globalization. This symposium will convene writers, scholars, activists, lawyers, and journalists to take stock of what is and to imagine what might come to be.

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