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, 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.

Friday, March 27, 2020

In The Press

‘Dreamers’ Tell Supreme Court Ending DACA During Pandemic Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

The New York Times

Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Muneer Ahmad and YLS student Ramis Wadood ’21 are quoted in the New York Times about a letter filed by the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic informing the Supreme Court of how the COVID-19 pandemic bears on its case challenging the 2017 termination of the DACA policy.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

In The Press

U.S. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Avert 2020 Census Undercount


Nikita Lalwani ’20 is quoted in by Reuters on the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic on behalf of a nonprofit group alleging that federal cost-cutting threatened undercounts of blacks, Hispanics, immigrants and the homeless in the 2020 Census.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Ryan Liss

Teaching International Human Rights Law

Being involved with the law school clinics is a unique opportunity to put in class training to use. It’s an amazing way to learn how to be a lawyer, not just to learn the law.”

Aisha Saad

Class of 2018