Hina Shamsi

Just Security Alumna

Hina Shamsi (@HinaShamsi) is the Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, which is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights.  She has litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and religious and racial discrimination.  Her work includes a focus on the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law.

Hina appears regularly in the media, is the author and coauthor of publications on targeted killing, torture, and extraordinary rendition, and has monitored and reported on the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay. She is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School.  Her previous positions include serving as the Acting Director of Human Rights First’s Law & Security Program, and as Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.

Articles by this author:

How to Responsibly End Three Key Rights-Abusing Post-9/11 Policies

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Sep 9th, 2021

Trump’s Secret Rules for Drone Strikes and Presidents’ Unchecked License to Kill

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May 3rd, 2021

Biden Team’s Litigation Tactics on Guantanamo Undercut Biden Policy to Close the Prison

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Apr 21st, 2021

How to Fix the U.S. Litigation Position in Key Pending Cases

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Jan 27th, 2021

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: End Endless War

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Sep 11th, 2020

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: Uphold the Prohibition on Torture

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Sep 11th, 2020

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: End Unlawful, Secret, and Unaccountable Use of Lethal Force

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Sep 11th, 2020

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

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Sep 11th, 2020

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: Introduction

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Sep 11th, 2020

We Need a Full, Transparent Review of the US Targeted Killing Program

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May 4th, 2015

Five Questions We Should All Be Asking About the NSA and the US Targeted Killing Program

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Oct 18th, 2013