human rights law

Human Rights Law

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. The Schell Center 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.

Our Faculty

Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Archives of the Yale Human Rights and Development Journal (YHRDLJ)

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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 works with partner organizations to advance human rights globally and within the United States to give students practical experience in the strategies human rights lawyers employ while building the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective and ethical social justice advocates in a global context. 

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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YLS provides unparalleled opportunities for you to act on your passions and begin tackling challenging issues long before graduation. It has been such a privilege to not only have these opportunities, but also be able to work beside and learn from peers in these efforts.