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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Friday, March 17, 2017

In The Press

American courts are tackling Islamophobia – why won’t Europeans?—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad

The Guardian

Muneer Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In The Press

Thinking like millennials—A Commentary by Mary Crossley, William Eskridge ’78, and Robin Fretwell Wilson

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mary Crossley is a law professor and disability and health law scholar at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law; William Eskridge ’78 is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School; Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

In The Press

No time to lose

Yale Alumni Magazine

A feature article on the lawsuit filed by the YLS Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic filed in response to Donald Trump’s executive order regarding refugees. Numerous faculty, current students, and alumni are quoted.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In The Press

Opponents Say Trump's New Travel Ban Won't Withstand Court Challenge

Hartford Courant

WIRAC member Aaron Korthuis ’17 is quoted in an article about the clinic’s work opposing the executive orders on immigration.

Monday, March 6, 2017

In The Press

For Yale Law Group Fighting Trump’s Travel Ban, Echoes of 1991

The New York Times

The work of WIRAC on the immigration Executive Order is discussed in an article and video. Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93, Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh, Lisa Daugaard ’92, and My Khanh Ngo ’17 are quoted.

Monday, March 6, 2017

In The Press

Christian Bakers, Gay Weddings, and a Question for the Supreme Court

The New Yorker

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William Eskridge ’78 is quoted in an article about the tension between gay rights and religious beliefs.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Glenda M. Aldana Madrid

Gruber Fellow Takes on Public Interest Causes

It really was the only law school for me as I look back on my experiences now because it just provided for me the raw materials with which to make a career. And really great people—both my peers and the professors—who were there who did nothing but encourage, assist, help, charge me up.”

Senator Cory Booker

Class of 1997