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The Schell Center organizes frequent panels, lectures, and conferences on human rights topics. Major events include the Human Rights Workshop: Current Events and Issues and the annual Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium.

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Oct. 23, 6:10 PM (Room 129)
America’s Shadow War
Mark Mazzetti, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times and author of The Way of the Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Wed., Oct. 29 6:30 PM (Room 129)
UN Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the Human Rights Violations in Gaza: A Conversation between Commission Chair William Schabas and Moshe Halbertal

Moshe Halbertal is Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Gruss Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

William A. Schabas is Professor of International Law at Middlesex University in London, Professor of International Human Rights and International Criminal Law at Leiden University, and Emeritus Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland Galway

Thurs. Oct. 30, 6:30 PM (Room 128)
Vivek Maru, '01 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Namati
Legal Empowerment and the Land Rush: How Grassroots Advocates Can Protect Community Rights to Natural Resources and Make a More Sustainable Development Path Possible 
(with stories from India, Burma, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone)

More than ever, land and natural resources are in demand—for mining, timber, power generation, and large-scale agriculture. The World Bank found that an area the size of Spain and Portugal was sold for industrial or extractive use in 2009 alone, more than thirteen times the annual average between 1961 and 2007.

Meanwhile, about three billion people in the developing world live without secure legal rights to their lands, forests, or pastures.

This combination—heightened investment interest in land on the one hand, and on the other hand insecure tenure for the people who live and depend on the land-- leads to exploitation, conflict, and decisions that favor short term profit over long term stewardship.

For the world to have a shot at sustainable, equitable development, it’s crucial that we protect the natural resource rights of farmers, fisher people, pastoralists, and forest dwellers.

Lawyers are the conventional means for accessing legal protection, but lawyers are costly, and often focused on formal court channels that are impractical for most people.

Namati is working with partners in eight countries to deploy a frontline of grassroots legal advocates, or “community paralegals,” who can support communities to secure their lands, negotiate equitably with outsiders, and seek enforcement of environmental law.

Namati is currently recruiting fellows and interns, and Vivek is happy to discuss those opportunities with students as well.

Thu. Nov. 6, 6:10 PM
Kirby Simon Summer Fellows Panel
presentations by

Peter Bozzo, International Criminal Court

Kristine Beckerle, Human Rights Watch, Jordan

Julia Shu, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Wed. Nov. 12, 6:10 PM (Room 129)
Human Rights Career Panel

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:10 PM   (Room 128)
The Colombian Peace Process
Michael Reed-Hurtado, Yale Coca-Cola World Fund Faculty Fellow
Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Mary Roldán, Dorothy Epstein Professor of Latin American History, Hunter College/CUNY 
(Co-sponsored with Yale Political Science Department)