Intellectual Life

Intellectual Life

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students. These offerings extend the curriculum, support faculty research, and engage the student body in serious academic inquiry. Each center has a particular focus, such as human rights, corporate law, or environmental law and policy. The more informal workshops allow scholars and students to discuss emerging ideas in fields as diverse as law and economics, human rights, and Chinese legal reform.

Centers & Programs

The China Center
The China Center carries out research and teaching, promotes academic exchanges with China, and undertakes a variety of cooperative projects on important issues in Chinese law and policy reform.

Cultural Cognition Project
The Cultural Cognition Project consists of a group of scholars from Yale and other universities interested in studying how cultural values shape the public's risk perceptions and related policy beliefs.

Global Health Justice Partnership
A joint program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health to promote research, projects and academic exchanges on a global stage in the areas of law, health and human rights.

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.  The program includes the Global Constitutionalism Seminar.

Information Society Project
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, human development, and social justice.

Knight Law & Media Program
Yale Law School has long offered rigorous legal training to future media lawyers and journalists through degree programs and extracurricular activities.

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program
The Arthur Liman Program supports the work of law students, law school graduates, and students from six universities, all of whom work to respond to problems of inequality and to improve access to justice for those without resources.

Middle East Legal Studies Seminar
The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar brings together leading practitioners, judges, and legal academics from across the Middle East to meet yearly with YLS faculty and students.

John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy
The John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy facilitates the scholarly work of the Yale law and economics faculty and supports student interest and research in the field.

Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative
The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative, established at Yale Law School in 2008, provides support for human rights leaders at all stages of their careers: from first-year law students; to recent law school graduates; to senior human rights scholars and practitioners.

The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund
The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund provides an opportunity for students and faculty to undertake innovative projects, research, conferences, publications and programs that foster intellectual vitality, creativity and analytical rigor at the Law School. 

Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights coordinates human rights activities for students and scholars at Yale and conducts the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, where students gain practical experience in human rights work.

Yale Center for Law and Philosophy
The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy, a joint venture with the Yale University Philosophy Department, encourages advanced work, including research degrees, at the interface of philosophy and law.

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a joint venture with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, develops and advances environmental policy on local, regional, national, and global levels.

Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent Center that promotes the understanding of international law, national security law, and foreign affairs law.

Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law enhances the intellectual life of the law school in the business law area by increasing exposure to and engagement with contemporary business law issues.

Yale Law School Latin American Legal Studies
Yale Law School Projects in South America include SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política) the Summer in South America Linkage Program student exchange, the Yale Institute of International Arbitration, and the Latin American speaker series.

Workshops

Dallah Albaraka Lectures on Islamic Law & Civilization
The Dallah Albaraka Lecture Series features speakers from a range of disciplines to examine and discuss Islamic law and civilization.

Debating Law & Religion Series
Debating Law & Religion is a monthly series aimed at creating a formal forum for invited speakers to discuss and debate topical issues highlighting important questions concerning law, its interaction with religion, and the role of religion in the legal and socio-political systems of a country.

Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events
The Human Rights Workshop offered by the Schell Center provides a weekly presentation on human rights issues.

Law, Economics & Organization Workshop
The Law, Economics & Organization Workshop is a forum for ongoing scholarly research in law and economics and a Law School course.

Legal History Forum
The Legal History Forum provides an opportunity for scholars and junior scholars interested in legal history and the law to present works in progress.

Legal Theory Workshop
The Legal Theory Workshop presents new scholarship from law and other humanities and social sciences disciplines.

Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop
The Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop, a joint venture with Quinnipiac University School of Law, hosts lectures by scholars and practitioners in the field of dispute resolution.

Workplace Theory and Policy Seminar
The Workplace Theory and Policy Seminar critically examines work and work-related institutions from both theoretical, legal and policy perspectives.

Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform
The Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform examines law and policy developments in China, and is a Law School Course.

Workshop in Law & Finance
The Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance, sponsored  by the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, brings faculty from Yale and other universities to the law school to present their research.