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Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights

The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights is a Yale University Program administered by Yale Law School. It was established in 2011 by philanthropists Peter and Patricia Gruber as part of The Gruber Foundation 


The Gruber Program at the Law School consists of four core components: l) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar; 2) the Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women's Rights; 3) the Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships; and 4) the Gruber Project in Global Justice and Women’s Rights.

1. Global Constitutionalism Seminar

The Global Constitutionalism Seminar brings together a group of about fifteen Supreme Court and Constitutional Court judges from around the world. The group meets for four days in a seminar-style setting to consider topics of common interest. The Seminar has been heralded as perhaps the only forum where leading jurists can confidentially and freely discuss the most important legal issues of the day with leading academic lawyers. Topics considered at past meetings have included freedom of expression, international norms, and terrorism.

2. The Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women's Rights

The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice and the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights are signature lectures series open to the entire Yale community and other interested groups. The Lectures feature speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women's rights. Campus visits are often enhanced by panels and conferences. In addition, the lecturers may spend time at Yale Law School teaching a class or engaging in a range of other community activities, such as Master's teas, faculty workshops and similar opportunities. Past Gruber Distinguished Lecturers include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States), Luis Moreno-Ocampo (first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court), Zainab Salbi (founder of Women for Women International) and Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Laureate and Iranian human rights activist). The next upcoming lecture will feature Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health.


Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, delivering the 2013 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights 

3. The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women's Rights

The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women's Rights are post-graduate work fellowships that allow recent graduates (within three years) of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on issues of relevance to the fields of global justice and/or women's rights. Gruber Fellows have undertaken projects all over the world, including Zimbabwe, China, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States, Myanmar/Burma, and the UK. Read about Gruber Fellows and their projects here. Check this website for information sessions and application deadlines (usually in early December).


Gruber Fellow Amelia Reese Masterson piloted a community-based women’s kitchen to address food security concerns among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon 

4. Gruber Project in Global Justice and Women’s Rights

The Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights supports clinical and experiential learning initiatives at Yale Law School that foster student and faculty participation in direction efforts to advance global justice and/or women’s rights. In 2014-2015, the Gruber Project has included the work of Yale Law School students involved with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Activities include a YLS class component for academic credit, direct services and representation of refugees, and policy advocacy. The Gruber Project also supports the Veterans Legal Services Clinic in its litigation and advocacy work on behalf of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). This work is aimed at persuading the U.S. Department of Defense to more forcefully address military sexual trauma within the ranks.