The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program supports the work of Yale law students and Yale law school graduates through Liman Fellowships as well as undergraduate students from Yale College, Barnard College, Brown University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Spelman College, all of whom work to respond to problems of inequality and to improve access to justice.
The Liman Project provides an opportunity for Yale Law students to work together with faculty on research and advocacy around specific issues related to detention and access to justice. Students may also participate in the Liman Public Interest Workshop, which meets weekly in the spring to discuss emerging issues of theory and advocacy.
Every year, the Program organizes the Public Interest Law Colloquium, which brings together advocates, scholars, and students from across the country for a discussion. The Eighteen Annual Liman Colloquium, jointly sponsored by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship, is entitled Punishment and Beyond: Detention on a Global Scale and it will take place on April 9, 2015. This colloquium aims to explore the expansion of the justifications for and forms of confinement to seek a better understanding of the global state of detention and how to lessen its harms. By bringing together participants from different sectors involved detention and the rights of detainees within and across national boundaries, the colloquium will thus focus on several themes, including the role of law and legal institutions in establishing and enforcing the rights of people in detention; the political economy of prisons and the market for detention; whether and how detention can be a means of distribution of social services (such as mental health or medical care); the specialized treatment of distinct subpopulations through, for example, “gender-responsive” or age-specific programs; and the ways in which the paradigm of the normalcy of detention can be challenged.