In addition to affiliated faculty, the Schell Center hosts visiting Fellows throughout the academic year with expertise in a range of human rights-related fields. Students across the University are encouraged to reach out to Fellows to learn from them and connect on shared areas of interest during Fellows’ time at the Schell Center.

Faculty and Staff

Kristine E. Beckerle
Kristine E. Beckerle
Clinical Lecturer in Law

Kristine Beckerle is the Cover-Lowenstein Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, a Clinical Lecturer in Law, and an Associate Research Scholar at Yale Law...

Claudia Flores
Claudia M. Flores
Clinical Professor of Law

Claudia Flores is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She was previously a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago School of Law where she was Director of the Global...

Larissa Jimenez
Larissa Jimenez
Student Communications Coordinator & Undergraduate Assistant

Larissa Jimenez assists with the administration of the Schell Center, with a focus on expanding opportunities for students outside the law school to engage with its programming. She develops...

Paul Kahn
Paul W. Kahn
Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Professor Kahn teaches in...

Hope Metcalf
Hope R. Metcalf
Lecturer in Law; Research Scholar in Law; and Executive Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Hope Metcalf is the Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Law and co-teaches the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. In January 2017, she...

Barbara Mianzo
Senior Administrative Assistant
James J. Silk
James J. Silk
Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights; Director, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic; and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

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...

Shannon Sommers
Shannon Sommers
Community Human Rights Fellow

As Community Human Rights Fellow, Shannon Sommers assists the Schell Center in promoting a vibrant human rights community and in developing human rights projects. She is interested in the...

Fellows

Tom Andrews
Robina Senior Human Rights Fellow

Tom Andrews is the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. A former member of the US...

Rayhan Asat
Rayhan Asat
Tom and Andi Bernstein Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Rayhan Asat is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and a non-resident senior fellow at The Atlantic Council.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and former anti-corruption...

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David Marshall
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

David Marshall is the Justice Advisor to the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to joining government, he was the head of the Accountability and the...

Alfred Brownell
Alfred Brownell
Tom and Andi Bernstein Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Alfred Brownell is an internationally recognized environmental rights activist and lawyer from Liberia. Brownell has advocated for more than two decades to protect the environment and human rights...

Matthew Bugher
Matthew Bugher
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Matthew Bugher is a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and the Research Director for the Myanmar Human Rights Project.

With a long-term focus on Southeast Asia,...

Christian Clark cartoon
Christian Clark
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Christian Clark is a cartoonist (Washington Post, Financial Times, Toronto Star, Guardian, etc.) and two-time Emmy Award-winning writer (Sesame Street) who has written and/or...

Paul Linden-Retek
Paul Linden-Retek
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Paul Linden-Retek is a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Political...

Mohammad “Musa” Mahmodi
Tom and Andi Bernstein Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Musa is a Research Fellow in Law at the Schell Centre for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. His research and work focuses on accountability, transitional justice, victims’...

Zahra Motamedi
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow
Roger Polack
Roger Polack
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Roger Polack is a Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and the Senior Legal Counsel for the Myanmar Human Rights Project.

Roger has extensive experience working on...

Leila Sadat
Leila Sadat
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

The James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law and longtime Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law, Leila Nadya Sadat has served as...

Raef Zreik
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Raef Zreik holds an LLB and LLM from Hebrew University, an LLM from Columbia University, and an SJD from Harvard Law School. His dissertation deals with Kant’s philosophy of right. He is an...

Lowenstein Clinic Student Directors

Porter Nenon
Porter Nenon
Lowenstein Clinic Student Director

Porter Nenon is a third-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School who is primarily interested in the protection of human rights during armed conflict. Porter has conducted research on humanitarian...

Marina Wilbraham
Lowenstein Clinic Student Director

Marina Wilbraham (she/her) is a third-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Through her work for the clinic, Marina has co-written a submission to U.N. Special Rapporteurs on the criminalization...

Heather Zimmerman
Lowenstein Clinic Student Director

Heather Zimmerman (she/her) is a third-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. In the Lowenstein Clinic, Heather has worked to advance litigation challenging the physical and psychological abuse...

Lowenstein Project Directors

Ruqaiyah Damrah
Lowenstein Project Director

Ruqaiyah Damrah is a senior at Yale College studying History with a focus on the Middle East. She focuses on Palestinian human rights and heads Yalies4Palestine, a student political organizing...

Sude Yenilmez
Lowenstein Project Director

Sude Yenilmez is a junior at Yale College, majoring in Global Affairs and Economics. As an international student from Turkey, she is interested in the recent rise of far-right groups and the...

Schell Center Student Directors

Lucia Baca
Schell Center Student Director

Lucía Baca is a second-year J.D. student at Yale Law School. She is interested in the interplay between courts, social movements, rights, and democracy, especially in as it pertains to human...

Alaa Hachem
Schell Center Student Director

Alaa Hachem is a second-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School interested in international human rights and international humanitarian law. During her time in law school, she interned at an ad hoc...

Declan O’Briain
Schell Center Student Director

Declan is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, Class of 2024. He is here to discover creative ways that the law can be put in the service of marginalized communities around the world as they work...