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)


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


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

Monday, July 18, 2022

Alyssa Yamamoto and the Special Rapporteur at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Alyssa Yamamoto and the Special Rapporteur at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Friday, July 8, 2022

The Hague against blue sky

The Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands), seat of the International Court of Justice.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Jessica Tueller ’21 with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights colleagues

Jessica Tueller ’21 (left), a Robina Fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, worked with with former Commissioner Flávia Piovesan (center), and Human Rights Specialist Manuel Canahui.

October 14 Friday


Incarceration and Imagination

Whitney Humanities Center

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Monday, April 11, 2022


Monday, April 11, 2022


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Monday, August 8, 2022

In The Press

The Humanitarian Paradox: When Do We Fight, Why Do We Fight?

Responsible Statecraft

Professor of Law Aslı Ü. Bâli ’99 discusses the problems with U.S. intervention and why restraint is needed to preserve America’s credibility in human rights.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

In The Press

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Businesses May Refuse LGBTQ Couples for Same-Sex Wedding Services

USA Today

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William N. Eskridge Jr. ’78 is quoted in a news story about a case before the Supreme Court about whether businesses may refuse to serve LGBTQ customers based on religious objections.


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


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.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Scarlet Kim

Working in Human Rights Law at an NGO

I’ve been continually inspired by how my classmates have built unexpected careers that are so firmly rooted in the collaborative outlook, dedication, intellectual curiosity, and engagement we shared at Yale. I’m a stronger entrepreneur because I try to infuse the organizations I build with these YLS values.”

Jane Park ’96

CEO & Entrepreneur