Human Rights Workshop Current Issues & Events

The Human Rights Workshop is held on selected Thursdays throughout the school year.  Guest speakers, including faculty members, scholars, human rights activists, and journalists will present on a diverse range of topics in human rights.  Students may enroll in the Workshop for credit (see bulletin), and all sessions are open to the Law School and University community.  To view the schedule for Spring 2016 click here.


Robert L. Bernstein International
Human Rights Symposium

Each spring, the Bernstein Fellowship Program convenes a symposium designed to promote thoughtful, creative discourse on international human rights. Past and current Bernstein and Robina fellows return to Yale Law School to speak with students and each other about the challenges of human rights advocacy, and leading activists and scholars in the field join in discussions exploring effective approaches to the defense of human rights.


All Schell Events

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Introduction to Human Rights Programs at YLS

6:10PM to 7:30PM

Room 129

Learn about human rights law opportunities at YLS.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Reed Brody, "The Hissène Habré Case—Victims Bring a Dictator to Justice"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Room 128

Reed Brody is author of four Human Rights Watch reports on the U.S. treatment of prisoners in the “war on terror” and the book “Faut-il Juger George Bush?”

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Mustafa Haid, Founder, Dalwaty, and World Fellow, Yale University

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Mustafa Haid is the chairperson of Dawlaty Foundation, a Syrian nonprofit foundation that works with nonviolent activists on capacity-building toward democratic transition and transitional justice in Syria.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Richard Amesbury, "Framing the Circumcision Debate: Bodily Integrity vs. Religious Freedom"

12:10PM to 1:45PM


A scholar of religious ethics and religion and political thought, Richard Amesbury holds the chair in Theological Ethics at the University of Zurich, where he also heads the Institute for Social Ethics. His current book project, Secular State and Religious Nation (under contract with Columbia University Press), examines political uses of the secular-religious distinction in contemporary American culture.

Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Screening of Edgar Barens’s film, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

6:10PM to 9:00PM


This documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2014. The filmmaker, Edgar Baren, will attend the event and will stay for a short Q&A session after the screening.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: David Rieff, "Do Peace And Justice Always Go Hand in Hand, and is Either Better Served by Remembrance or by Forgetting?"

12:10PM to 1:45PM


David Rieff is a New York-based journalist and author who has written extensively about Iraq, and, more recently, about Latin America.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Kim Lane Scheppele, "The Moral Crisis of Europe"

12:10PM to 1:45PM


Professor Kim Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O’Brien Professor of Comparative Law.  Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Elizabeth Borgwardt, “Thinking Humanity” – The Nuremberg Idea in History, Law & Politics

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Elizabeth Borgwardt specializes in the History of International Law with a focus on human rights ideas and institutions. Her book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, was published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press and is in its fourth printing. New Deal for the World has been recognized as the best book in the history of ideas by the Organization of American Historians with the Merle Curti Book Award, as the best first book in U.S.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Human Rights Workshop: Jack Goldsmith, "Obama's Legal Legacy in War"

12:10PM to 1:45PM

Faculty Lounge

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and co-founder of He teaches and writes about national security law, presidential power, cybersecurity, international law, internet law, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws.  Before coming to Harvard, professor Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from 2003-2004, and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002-2003. 

Lunch will be provided.

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President Bill Clinton

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