has announced two gifts totaling $13 million from the Minneapolis-based in support of its efforts to foster a thriving network of human rights leaders.
The gifts will endow the Robina Human Rights Initiative Endowment Fund and establish the Binger Clinical Professorship in Human Rights. The former will provide funding for fellowships and financial assistance to Yale Law School students and graduates pursuing careers in human rights in perpetuity; support visiting human rights faculty, scholars, and practitioners; and underwrite human rights-related research, clinical education, advocacy, teaching, and programming at the school and within the broader Yale community.
Yale professor James Silk ('89), who teaches in the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and is co-director of the Law School's Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, will serve as the inaugural Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights, teaching human rights clinics and other human rights courses, and will lead the Robina Human Rights Initiative. Since 2008, the foundation has provided the law school with $22 million in support of the initiative, with Silk serving as chief administrator of the funds.
In addition to the gifts from Robina, Yale has committed a $5 million matching gift from an unidentified donor and will raise an additional $1 million to complete the endowment match.
"I am very grateful for the thoughtful and generous support and the foresight of the Robina Foundation," said Silk. "These new gifts will ensure that the Law School will always have a faculty member to teach the human rights clinic, that students will continue to have life-changing summer human rights experiences, [and] that our graduates will have opportunities, early in their careers, to contribute to the valuable human rights work of key international institutions."