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.

We have to ask ourselves if we really believe we don’t have a person to waste, if we really think people who follow our laws — no matter how different they are from us — should have a place at the American table.”


President Bill Clinton

Class of 1973