About the Schell Center

The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School was founded in 1989 to honor the late Orville H. Schell, Jr., a distinguished lawyer, vice chairman of Helsinki Watch, and chairman of Americas Watch from its founding in 1981 until his death in 1987. 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.

  • sponsors frequent panels, lectures, and conferences, including the weekly Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events;
  • promotes activism through summer and post-graduate fellowships;
  • sponsors visiting human rights scholars and practitioners;
  • acts as a liaison between the Law School and the human rights community;
  • advises students about human rights research and about job and career opportunities;
  • fosters human rights activities throughout Yale University.



Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Each year we dedicate ourselves once again to the pursuit of excellence, to the creation of an outstanding legal education in an atmosphere of unsurpassed scholarship and intellectual stimulation.”

Robert C. Post

Yale Law School Dean '77