The Schell Center is led by Paul W. Kahn, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and James Silk, Clinical Professor of Law, the Center's Directors. Hope R. Metcalf is the Executive Director of the Center and the current Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Fellow is Alisha Bjerregaard.

Full staff information appears below.

Each year, the Schell Center has a number of fellows in residence, including Tom and Andi Bernstein Human Rights Fellows and Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellows.

Student directors help develop the Schell Center’s programs and also guide a number of the programs under the Schell Center’s auspices.

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice White in the United States Supreme Court from 1980 to 1982. Before coming to Yale Law School in 1985, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 1999, he was Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, international law, and philosophy. He is the author of Legitimacy and History: Self-Government in American Constitutional Theory; The Reign of Law: Marbury v. Madison and the Construction of America; The Cultural Study of Law: Reconstructing Legal Scholarship; Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear; Putting Liberalism in its Place; Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil; Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror, and Sovereignty; Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty; and Finding Ourselves at the Movies as well as numerous articles.

James Silk is clinical professor of law at Yale Law School, where he directs the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He is also Director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. In 2014, he became the founding academic director of the Special Academic Program in Human Rights in Yale College. Before starting at the Law School in 1999, he was the director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C., where, in addition to guiding the organization’s advocacy, his work focused on human rights in China, child labor, and corporate responsibility. He serves on the board of the Fair Labor Association and was a founding board member of RUGMARK-USA (now GoodWeave). He graduated in 1989 from Yale Law School. After law school, he was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter, where his pro bono work included representing a Virginia death row inmate in his appeals. Before attending law school, Silk was editor, policy analyst, and senior writer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. He taught English in Shanghai, China, in 1982-83. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Hope Metcalf is Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and co-teaches the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. As Executive Director of the Schell Center, she works with students and faculty to coordinate human rights events at the Law School, including the annual Bernstein Symposium, as well as the weekly Human Rights Workshop. Metcalf formerly directed the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, where she advised students on public interest careers and co-taught the Liman Workshop and Liman Practicum, an experiential course on criminal justice reform. She also supervised the National Litigation Project of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, which was founded in 2002 to respond to rights violations arising out of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Metcalf's teaching and research focus on U.S.-based human rights violations, particularly with respect to people in various forms of detention. She is co-chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Solitary Confinement and a board member of Junta for Progressive Action, a New Haven-based immigrants' rights organization. Metcalf is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Alisha Bjerregaard is the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights and an Associate Research Scholar in Law. Her work during and after law school has focused on advocating for women's rights. Bjerregaard earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Student Director in the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Upon graduation from law school, Bjerregaard received a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in their Africa Program. Following her fellowship year, Bjerregaard stayed on at CRR as a Legal Adviser, relocating to Nairobi, Kenya. During her nearly five years at CRR, her work focused on using the law to improve reproductive health services in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Returning to the U.S. and to Yale Law School in 2013, Bjerregaard was a Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow and then consulted for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, on reproductive rights projects. Bjerregaard holds a B.A. in international relations from Brown University.

Louisa Brown is a Community Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, where she conducts research on forced displacement and assists the Schell Center in promoting a vibrant human rights community and in developing human rights projects. Louisa graduated from the University of Cambridge with First Class Honours in 2013. From 2013-2015 she was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University where she completed her MA degree in Global Affairs with a focus on human rights, gender and law. Louisa has previously interned for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bogotá, Colombia and the Texas Defender Service in Austin, TX.  She has also conducted research in Mexico, Cambodia and the UK.

Katherine Lawder, Robina Foundation Fellowship Initiative Coordinator

Barbara Mianzo, Senior Administrative Assistant

The Schell Center invites scholars or practitioners in the field of human rights to spend periods from a few weeks to a year. Schell Fellows engage in their own research projects and generally have independent financial support. Schell Fellows are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Law School. They give talks or participate in panels, attend workshops, and consult with students. Fellows visit the Law School only at the invitation of the Schell Center.

Richard Amesbury (Fall)
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Lucas Guttentag (Fall)
Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellows

Paul Linden-Retek
Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Nicholas Robinson (Fall)
Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow

Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum
Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow