Yale Law School's Schell Center for International Human Rights to Award New Bernstein Fellowships

At its annual Robert L. Bernstein Symposium March 31-April 1, the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School will award the 2000-2001 Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowships.

This year’s symposium will focus on the evolving role of media in the realm of international human rights. Media training for student human rights activists will take place at sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Author Michael Ignatieff will deliver the Robert L. Bernstein lecture, Virtual War: Legal and Moral Quandaries, on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

A roundtable discussion on media responsibility and the coverage of human rights follows from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Orville H. Schell III, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, will moderate that discussion. Participants include Carroll Bogert, director of communications, Human Rights Watch; David Gelber, executive producer, CBS News; Mary Kay Magistad, NPR news correspondent; Susan Moeller, director, Brandeis University Journalism Program; Ed Vulliamy, U.S. bureau chief, The Observer; and Lawrence Weschler, writer, The New Yorker. All sessions will take place at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street.

The Schell Center was established at the Law School in 1989 through the generous support of the John Merck Fund and friends of the late Orville H. Schell, Jr. A distinguished New York lawyer, Schell was vice chairman of Helsinki Watch and chairman of Americas Watch from its founding until his death in 1987. The Schell Center was founded to build on Orville Schell’s work through rigorous scholarship and human rights advocacy. In the interest of heightening public awareness of human rights, the Center offers a number of fellowships for students, recent Yale Law School graduates, scholars and activists, publishes occasional papers, and offers seminars, conferences, and lectures throughout the year. In promoting broad ranging human rights advocacy, the Center also conducts the Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and oversees the Lowenstein International Human Rights Project.

The Schell Center’s director is Paul Kahn, LAW ‘80, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities; the executive director is James Silk, LAW ‘89.

The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights were established in 1997 to honor Robert Bernstein, the former chairman, president, and CEO of Random House, Inc. and the founding chair of Human Rights Watch. The fellowships provide financial support to allow up to three Yale Law School graduates to pursue full-time international human rights work for one year. The 2000-2001 Bernstein Fellows will be announced following Saturday’s roundtable discussion at a 4 p.m. reception.

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