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

Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.”

Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright

2012 Commencement Address