James Silk

Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights, Yale Law School

James Silk has taught the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic since 1999 and is Director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights. He is the founding director of Yale College's Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. Jim was formerly the Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington. In spring 2009, he was the Bram Fischer Visiting Human Rights Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. After graduating in 1989 from Yale Law School, Professor Silk was an attorney at a Washington law firm; his pro bono work included representing a Virginia death row inmate. Before law school, he was editor, policy analyst and senior writer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. He has a BA in economics from Michigan and an MA in the humanities from Chicago.


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