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

March 24 Saturday

A Critical Moment for Critical Race Theory: The 2018 YLS CRT Conference

9:00AM to 6:00PM

Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

This year's Critical Race Theory conference comes at a crucial time. The meaning of the 2016 presidential election and its consequences for social movements emerges more starkly each day. Accordingly, this year's theme is "A Critical Moment for Critical Race Theory."

March 29 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Anthea Roberts, "Is International Law International?"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Anthea Roberts is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2017, Anthea published a monograph entitled "Is International Law International?" and an edited collected entitled "Comparative International Law," both with Oxford University Press.

April 2 Monday

Seth Freed Wessler, “Prisoners at Sea: Uncovering the Coast Guard's Hidden Drug-War Detention System”

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 129

Seth Freed Wessler is an award-winning investigative reporter and a Puffin Fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He has reported for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, ProPublica, This American Life and Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting.

April 3 Tuesday

Sirine Shebaya '12, "Fighting the Many Faces of the Muslim Ban"

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 128

Sirine Shebaya, is a senior staff attorney for Muslim Advocates. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, Ms. Shebaya spent several years advocating for the civil rights of immigrants and other communities of color. Her work focuses on the Muslim Ban, border searches, immigrants’ rights, and various civil rights matters affecting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.

April 4 Wednesday

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights “Human Rights Today”

12:15PM to 1:45PM

Room 129

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein assumed his functions as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2014, after being selected by the UN Secretary-General and approved by the General Assembly. He is the sixth High Commissioner to have been appointed since the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993.

April 9 Monday

Dapo Akande, “International Law and Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict"?

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 128

Dapo Akande is also Yamani Fellow at St. Peter's College and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). From 2012 to 2017 he was Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School (where he was also Robinna Foundation International Fellow), the University of Miami School of Law and the Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon. He was the 2015 Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law.

April 19 Thursday

Regan Ralph ’91: Civil Society is Not the Enemy: Responding to Escalating Attacks on Human Rights Norms and Defenders

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 129

Regan E. Ralph is the president and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights and has directed the organization since its founding.

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