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 6 Thursday

Introduction to Human Rights Programs at YLS

6:10PM to 7:15PM

Room 127

An informational session for first-year students. 

Come learn about:

The Schell Center for International Human Rights
Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic and Project
Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal
Summer Human Rights Fellowships
and more ...

Pizza will be served. 


September 20 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Johanna Chao Kreilick and Tatyana Margolin, "Open Society in Exile: Lessons Learned from Rights and Justice Work in Closed or Closing Societies"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Johanna Chao Kreilick directs the Open Society Foundations’ Strategy Unit. In this role she facilitates the evolution of the Foundations’ strategy, budget, and assessment practice, and supervises a team providing strategy and assessment support to the Foundations’ 52 programs, foundations, and advocacy offices around the globe. Kreilick also oversees the development of support to Open Society’s collaborative strategies, and provides leadership to the Foundations in their commitment to organizational culture and inclusion.

September 24 Monday

Home Truth: The Documentary Film About Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) followed by a discussion with Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, lead counsel on the case

6:10PM to 8:10PM

Room TBD

Film Synopsis:  In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experiences every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters are killed after being abducted by their father in violation of
a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Jessica files a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for
help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Jessica pursues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal,

September 27 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: James Loeffler, "Jewish Human Rights: The Past and Future of Legal Cosmopolitanism"

12:10PM to 1:45PM


James Loeffler is the Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia.

October 18 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Efrén C. Olivares, '08, "Family Separation: Human Rights Implications of the “Zero Tolerance” Policy at the Texas-Mexico Border"

12:10PM to 1:45PM


Efrén C. Olivares (J.D. 2008) is the Racial and Economic Justice Program Director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, where he handles human and civil rights cases ranging from immigrants’ rights to First Amendment to disability rights and wage theft.

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


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.

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.

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