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Hina Shamsi

Director of National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union
New York, NY

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Hina Shamsi is an expert in policy and legislation regarding civil liberties and constitutional law.


Hina Shamsi is the director of the ACLU 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. Through litigation, research, and policy advocacy, her work has included a focus on the freedoms of speech and association, and challenges to unlawful detention, targeted killing, torture, and discrimination against racial and religious minorities. She also specializes in the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Shamsi 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 a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a course on international human rights. 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. She appears regularly in the media and has been quoted as a national security expert by numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and Reuters, and has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, ABC News, and the BBC.


  • National Security/Law
  • Foreign Policy
  • US Politics

Issue Areas

National Security, Civil Liberties, Terrorism, Surveillance