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)

Clinics

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

Fellowships

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

Saturday, March 20, 2021


Nikita Sud

Nikita Sud led the March 19, 2021 Human Rights Workshop, discussing resistance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Northern Correctional

Connecticut’s only supermax prison, Northern Correctional Institution, is scheduled to close on July 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Kelan Lyons / CT Mirror

Saturday, March 6, 2021


Jorge Contesse ’05 LLM, ’14 JSD led the March 5, 2021 Human Rights Workshop.

Saturday, February 27, 2021


Kristine Beckerle

Kristine Beckerle offered insights on human rights advocacy strategy in Yemen.

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Monday, February 22, 2021


Kichwa woman

A Kichwa woman in San Martin, Peru. Credit: Miluska Elguera Solar / FPP

Friday, October 23, 2020


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Thursday, October 24, 2019


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Friday, September 27, 2019


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021


In The Press

Minorities underrepresented in service academy nominations

The Washington Post

A study co-authored by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic regarding the number of minority students nominated by Congress to military service academies is the subject of an article in The Washington Post.

Thursday, March 11, 2021


In The Press

Connecticut’s sole supermax prison is closing. What comes next for the men who used to be on death row?

CT Mirror

Clinical Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Hope Metcalf and Dwayne Betts ’16 are quoted in a CT Mirror feature about the closing of the Northern Correctional Institution.

Monday, March 8, 2021


In The Press

A primer on the history of sexual harassment—and why it deserves a place in diversity training

Fast Company

Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law Reva Siegel’s scholarship is cited in a Fast Company article about the history of sexual harassment.

Thursday, February 18, 2021


In The Press

World’s tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19

Reuters

Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights James J. Silk ’89 is quoted in a Reuters story about threats against indigenous people and rainforests during the coronavirus pandemic as governments roll back social and environmental safeguards.

Thursday, February 4, 2021


In The Press

Disability rights group alleges abuse of people with mental illness at state’s maximum-security prison in suit against Department of Correction

The Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant reports on a lawsuit brought by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and partners against the CT Department of Correction. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020


In The Press

Forgotten court case shows how a California schoolteacher was persecuted for being gay

The New York Times

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William N. Eskridge ’78 is quoted about past legal prosecution of gay Californians.

Alumni & Student Profiles


’88 LLM

Janis McDonald

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative

I will remember most about my time here the wonderful conversations and interactions with my peers and with my professors. This is a wonderful community, very welcoming, and an amazing place to have studied the law.”


Allison Turbiville

Class of 2015