How We Are Involved


About Human Rights Law

The study of human rights law at the Yale Law School is focused around the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. It 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.

Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Archives of the Yale Human Rights and Development Journal (YHRDLJ)

Clinics

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic is a Law School course that gives students firsthand experience in human rights advocacy. The clinic undertakes a wide variety of projects each term on behalf of human rights organizations and individual victims of human rights abuse.

Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Law Clinic

Fellowships

A number of fellowships allow Law Students to dedicate their time to advocacy, human rights work and scholarship.

Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowships

Robina Foundation Fellowships

Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships

Gruber Fellowships

Wednesday, May 4, 2022


Bernstein and Robina Fellows

Recipients of 2022-23 Bernstein and Robina International Human Rights Fellowships, clockwise from top left: Yussef Al Tamimi ’22, Rodrigo Ayala Miret ’22, Luke Connell ’22, Jason Gardiner ’22, Megan Hauptman ’21, Tim Hirschel-Burns ’22, and Lena Riemer ’22.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Megan Pearson ’21

Megan Pearson ’21 is a Bernstein Fellow at Accountability Counsel.

Monday, April 11, 2022


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Wednesday, November 17, 2021


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Thursday, April 14, 2022


In The Press

Biden Calls Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine a ‘Genocide.’ Is It a War Crime?

USA Today

Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh comments on whether genocide can be considered a war crime. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022


In The Press

Historic Supreme Court Confirmation Comes at a Time When Some in the GOP Are Trying To Reverse LGBTQ Rights

CNN

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence Professor William N. Eskridge Jr. ’78 discusses objectives behind recent legal challenges to LGBTQ rights.

Monday, March 14, 2022


In The Press

Arizona’s Privatized Prison Health Care Has Been Failing for Years. A New Court Case Could Change That

PBS News Hour

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted about Arizona’s privatized prison health care system.

Saturday, March 12, 2022


In The Press

Russian Attacks Hit at Least 9 Ukrainian Medical Facilities, Visual Evidence Shows

The Washington Post

Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law Oona Hathaway ’97 is quoted about visual evidence reporters obtained showing that Russia had attacked Ukrainian medical facilities.

Monday, March 7, 2022


In The Press

Ukraine Takes Russia to Court, But Moscow’s Representatives Are a No-Show

The Washington Post

Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh is quoted about a hearing before the International Court of Justice regarding Ukraine’s efforts to seek an end to the Russian invasion.

Monday, March 7, 2022


In The Press

Ukraine Takes its Case Against Russia to the U.N.’s Highest Court

The New York Times

Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh is quoted about a hearing before the International Court of Justice regarding Ukraine’s efforts to seek an end to the Russian invasion.

Alumni & Student Profiles


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Scarlet Kim

Working in Human Rights Law at an NGO

At Yale, I treasured being part of a close community of students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, and staff committed to understanding and critiquing the law. I draw on lessons I learned from that community every day in my career as an economic justice lawyer.”


Casey Pitts

Class of 2008, Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP