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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

In The Press

Hong Kong’s protesters are not ‘radicals.’ They just want to be heard. — A Commentary by Hana Meihan Davis

The Washington Post

Hana Meihan Davis is a rising senior in Yale College and an undergraduate Human Rights Scholar at the Schell Center for International Human Rights.

Monday, June 17, 2019

In The Press

A New Trump Battleground: Defining Human Rights

The New York Times

Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh is quoted in an opinion piece about human rights.

Friday, April 5, 2019

In The Press

Guantánamo Trials Grapple With How Much Evidence to Allow About Torture

The New York Times

Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law Eugene Fidell is quoted in an article about how the military commission system is wrestling with how to handle evidence of torture inflicted upon Al Qaeda suspects.

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.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Gregory H. Stanton

President, Genocide Watch, Arlington, VA

You’re at one of the best, if not the best law school in the nation… make the most of it: the friendships, the opportunities to learn, to do things, to grow.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Class of 1974