The Law School has a number of centers and programs that focus on law and the larger world. Faculty and students work together on cutting-edge legal research projects and international collaborations in many parts of the world. In addition, legal experts and world leaders visit the Law School to share their expertise and engage students in thoughtful dialogue on topics from worldwide environmental quality issues to the rule of law in China.

The China Center
The Law School’s China Center, established in 1999, is a unique institution dedicated to helping promote China’s legal reforms and increasing understanding of China in the United States. In interaction with research and teaching, the core of the Center’s work is designing and carrying out sustained, in-depth cooperative projects between U.S. and Chinese experts on key issues in China’s ongoing legal reform process, especially in the fields of judicial reform, criminal justice reform, administrative and regulatory reform, constitutional law, legal education, and public interest law. The China Center has offices at both Yale University and at Peking University’s Law School in Beijing, and a small staff of lawyers and scholars with decades of collective experience working on law and policy reform issues in China. The Center’s Director is Professor Paul Gewirtz, the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School. Students are involved in all aspects of the Center’s work, including active participation in projects, attending the Center’s weekly Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform, and undertaking individual research.The Center’s projects involve a range of activities, including workshops and roundtable discussions in the United States and China, research visits to Yale and to China, and publications.

Comparative Administrative Law Initiative
This initiative studies the way administrative law principles and practices interact with other governmental institutions. Its comparative focus is broad, encompassing established and emerging democracies and non-democratic regimes.

Global Health Justice Partnership
Established in 2012, the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) is a joint program of Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health that is pioneering an innovative and interdisciplinary field of scholarship, teaching, and practice to address global health disparities. Through a practicum course and fellowship program for graduate and professional students, GHJP trains the next generation of scholars and practitioners to tackle the complex interdisciplinary challenges of global health. Students work with local, national, and international partners at the interface of law, public health, medicine, and human rights to theorize, build analytical frameworks, create knowledge, and mobilize research to help drive the social change necessary for improving the health and wellness of people locally and globally. The GHJP also regularly organizes path-breaking conferences and events on critical health justice issues, in addition to providing a platform for individual and collaborative scholarship within and across the disciplines addressing these issues. 

Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights is a Yale University Program administered by Yale Law School consisting of three core components: 1) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, which brings together leading Supreme Court and Constitutional Court justices from around the world to discuss in strict confidentiality important legal issues of the day; 2) the Gruber Distinguished Global Justice and Women's Rights Lectures featuring speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women's rights; and 3) the Gruber Global Justice and Women’s Rights Fellowships to help foster international understanding and dialogue in the fields of global justice and women's rights; and 4) the Gruber Project in Global Justice and Women’s Rights, which supports clinical and experiential learning initiatives, including International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Latin American Series at Yale Law School
The Latin American Series at Yale Law School brings distinguished speakers to discuss major legal, economic, and social issues concerning Latin America today. Recently the series featured a two-day visit by former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela to discuss U.S. policy in the region and included other events on drug policy and the challenges of implementing human rights policy in Mexico, the student protests in Chile, change and continuity in Cuba, the controversial implications of the forestry code reform passed in Brazil, the progress of the recent land restitution program in Colombia, and developments in the ongoing prosecutions of crimes committed by military officials during Argentina’s Dirty War.

Linkages Program
The Law School sponsors a student exchange with five universities in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Students involved in the Linkage Program focus on a wide range of areas, including human rights, constitutional law, international law, and criminal law. Latin American students spend three weeks at YLS in February, and YLS students spend four weeks of their summer in either Argentina, Brazil, or Chile meeting legal scholars, practitioners, and government officials, visiting NGOs and law firms, and attending classes. Participating students often work with hosting law students and professors on course design and are encouraged to present seminars on topics of mutual interest at the universities they visit.

Middle East Legal Studies Seminar
The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar (MELSS), directed by Professors Anthony Kronman and Owen Fiss, was established in 1998 as a forum in which influential judges, lawyers, and scholars from the region could exchange ideas and forge ties with one another, and with students and members of the Yale Law School faculty. The latest meeting took place in Jordan in January 2011. Past topics have included the concept of legal authority, fundamental rights, and religious pluralism. The Seminar has successfully brought together established and emerging leaders who are open to reform and committed to democracy in their own countries.

Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights provides students with the skills needed to advance the cause of human rights. The Center sponsors a weekly Human Rights Workshop, supervises the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, organizes special events on human rights issues, and teaches other classes relating to human rights law. The Center also provides up to forty summer fellowships and several postgraduate fellowships for students wishing to engage in human-rights work.

Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative
The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship Initiative provides support for human rights leaders at all stages of their careers: from first-year law students; to recent law school graduates; to senior human rights scholars and practitioners. The Robina Initiative offers scholarships, summer fellowships, post-graduate fellowships, and hosts scholars and practitioners at the School who carry out research, teach courses, and interact with students and faculty.

Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política – the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory (SELA)
SELA is an annual academic gathering that brings together scholars and public intellectuals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. Inaugurated in 1995, SELA has sought to deepen understanding of complex theoretical issues, model a more discussion-oriented form of intellectual discourse than is the norm in Latin America, and create a venue for the formation of a professional community. A specific theme is determined for each seminar. Topics have ranged from democracy and the market (1997), to equality (1998), violence (2003), and executive power (2006). Each SELA has also come to include a session called “Democracy in the Americas,” a roundtable discussion focusing on a current issue of pressing public importance (the conduct of the Fujimori regime in Peru, for example, or General Pinochet’s extradition proceedings). In just a few years, SELA has become an intellectual center of gravity in Latin America.

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy draws upon resources throughout the University to introduce students to environmental law challenges, policy tools, and research methodologies. The Center runs the Environmental Protection Clinic, where law students address environmental law problems on behalf of client organizations. The Center also sponsors an Environmental Law and Policy Lecture Series, which provides a forum for visiting scholars, politicians, and environmental professionals.

Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent center that promotes the understanding of international law, national security law, and foreign affairs law. The Center aims to bridge the divide between the legal academy and legal practice by connecting the legal academy to public and private sector actors responsible for addressing international legal challenges.

Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law
The Center for the Study of Private Law promotes teaching and research in contracts (including commercial law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, and arbitration), property (including intellectual property), and torts at Yale Law School and in the broader legal community. (Research and teaching in Corporate Law at Yale is organized through the Center for the Study of Corporate Law.) The Center regularly engages with international legal issues and with scholars, practicing lawyers, policymakers, and other professionals from around the world. For example, lawyers practicing investment arbitration in various countries convene at the annual International Investment Arbitration Roundtable to discuss current topics. The Spring 2016 Seminar in Private Law will address the theme, “Dispute Resolution Beyond the State” and will bring together practitioners and scholars to discuss an array of topics, including international commercial and investment arbitration, international human rights enforcement, and international public health cooperation. Throughout the year, the Center sponsors other events on international dispute resolution and other international and transnational aspects of private law.

International Law

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Israel's Borders in International Law

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Room 122

Monday, September 12, 2016


Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights given by Asma Jahangir

Monday, September 12, 2016
Room 127

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Friday, October 2, 2015


Monday, April 25, 2016

In The Press

China Close to Passing Strict Law on Foreign Groups

The New York Times

Jeremy Daum, senior fellow with the Paul Tsai China Center, is quoted in an article about a proposed law that would strictly control thousands of foreign nongovernmental organizations operating in China.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

In The Press

The narrative of US jobs and China is evolving—A Commentary by Graham Webster

Nikkei Asian Review (Japan)

Graham Webster is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

In The Press

Law prof discusses legal implications of Paris attacks

Yale Daily News

Senior Research Scholar Patrick Weil is quoted in a story about a discussion he led about the legal ramifications of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. Alexander Rosas, associate director of graduate programs, and Alex Frank ’18 are also quoted.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

In The Press

Making Good on the Rebalance to Asia: How to Move Beyond the Status Quo with China—A Commentary by Graham Webster

Foreign Affairs

Graham Webster is a Senior Fellow at the China Center at Yale Law School.

Monday, February 29, 2016

In The Press

Partition of Syria as Plan B?: The Case for Caution—A Commentary by Oona Hathaway ’97

Just Security

Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law.

Friday, January 29, 2016

In The Press

Asia Pivot: Does the US Need to ‘Rebalance Harder’?—A Commentary by Graham Webster

The Diplomat

Graham Webster is a Senior Fellow at the China Center at Yale Law School.