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.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman graduated from Harvard University in 1981 and, from 1981 to 1983, worked for Interns For Peace, a community work program that sought to bring Israeli Jews and Arabs together in positive interaction. For most of this time, Rabbi Ascherman lived in the Israeli Arab village of Tamra. He was ordained by HUC-JIR in New York in 1989. At HUC-JIR, he helped set up a student-faculty soup kitchen and worked on advocacy for the homeless. Rabbi Ascherman served as the director of Hillel at U.C.
Professor Paul Dubinsky is Professor of Law and Wayne State University Law School. He teaches and lectures widely in the United States and abroad. His courses include civil procedure, comparative law, conflict of laws, international law, international litigation, national security law and U.S. treaty law. In addition to Wayne State, he has taught at Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, New York Law School, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Bar Ilan University. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Turkuler Isiksel is the James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University and teaches in the Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University and works primarily in contemporary political theory. She is the author of Europe’s Functional Constitution.
Sergio Chaparro, is a philosopher and Master in Law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has worked as a professor of labor economics, consultant at the Colombian Center of Historical Memory, the National Union School and the Ombudsman´s Office. He works with Dejusticia as a principal researcher on drug policy, social rights and quantitative support to other areas.