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

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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Monday, February 11, 2019

In The Press

What happened to prisoners at Bagram, ‘Afghanistan’s Guantanamo’?

Al Jazeera

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School’s work on behalf of Said Jumalyddin is discussed in Al Jazeera.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

In The Press

Loitering Laws Hit Connecticut’s Most Vulnerable Residents

WNPR / Where We Live

Allison Frankel ’17 discussed loitering ordinances and their effect on the homeless on WNPR’s Where We Live. Frankel coauthored a report for the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, titled “‘Forced into Breaking the Law: The Criminalization of Homelessness in Connecticut.’”

Monday, December 10, 2018

In The Press

New mothers and babies often detained in Slovak hospitals

The Associated Press

Mindy Roseman, Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, is quoted in an Associated Press story Roma women who are being detained against their will in Slovak hospitals.

Monday, December 10, 2018

In The Press

At 70, is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights doing its job?

Jefferson Public Radio

Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law Oona Hathaway ’97 is quoted in a Jefferson Public Radio story about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

In The Press

The Great Unravelling: Human Rights

BBC World Service/The Compass

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn was one of several law professors interviewed by the BBC about the state of human rights.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

In The Press

Immigrant Class May Proceed With Mandatory Detention Suit


William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Marisol Orihuela ’08 are mentioned in an article about the latest updates in Reid v. Donavan.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Ryan Liss

Teaching International Human Rights Law

I say to you, my classmates, we have much to do. Yale gave us the tools to do it with. We owe it to the rest of the country, because of our success, to share what we know and what we can give to the future…”

President Bill Clinton

Class of 1973