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

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In The Press

Closing the Nation’s Doors — A Commentary by Cristina Rodríguez ’00

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In The Press

Yale Professor Urges Kosovo to Stop Attempts to Expel American Human Rights Lawyer

Exit Albania

Exit Albania reports on a letter from Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights James Silk ’89 to the Albanian prime minister regarding that government’s attempt to deport an American citizen and human rights lawyer. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In The Press

Why Gorsuch upheld civil rights for LGBTQ Americans

Christian Science Monitor

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William Eskridge ’78 is quoted in an article on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold LGBTQ workplace rights. Professor Eskridge was also quoted in the New York Times and Law360. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In The Press

In nod to #MeToo, China codifies sexual harassment by law


Paul Tsai China Center Senior Fellow Darius Longarino is quoted in a Reuters article about anti-sexual-harassment provisions in China's new civil code.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

In The Press

The Stories Behind Twelve Significant Reproductive Rights and Justice Legal Cases

Ms. Magazine

Ms. Magazine quotes Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law Reva Siegel about her new book recounting the stories behind a dozen reproductive rights and justice legal cases. Siegel authored one of the book’s chapters and was an editor of the volume.

Monday, March 30, 2020

In The Press

Undocumented immigrants working on pandemic’s front lines fear for health and home

USA Today

USA Today reports on the letter sent to the Supreme Court by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic urging that the administration’s decision to terminate DACA should be blocked in light of the pandemic.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Sarah Grusin

Justice Fellow, Loevy & Loevy

The Criminal Justice Clinic has given me the unique opportunity to represent a client in court as a first-year law student. Experiential learning has been the most meaningful part of law school so far, and it has exposed me to the criminal justice system first-hand.”

Destiny Lopez

Class of 2021