WASHINGTON, PA (Sept. 24, 2015) — Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Hina Shamsi, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) National Security Project, will be in residence at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) from Tuesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 2.
She will give a public lecture the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Yost Auditorium of the Howard J. Burnett Center on the W&J campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
As Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, Shamsi ensures that U.S. national security policies and practices do not violate the Constitution, civil liberties, human rights or the United States’ obligation under international law. Shamsi engages in civil liberties and human rights litigation research and policy advocacy. She has litigated numerous cases concerning the freedoms of speech and association and challenged cases relating to post-9/11 torture, targeted killing, unlawful detention, and discrimination against racial and religious minorities.
At the ACLU, Shamsi focuses on the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. She has authored and co-authored several publications on targeted killing, torture, and extraordinary rendition and has monitored and reported on military dealings at Guantánamo Bay.
In addition to these areas of expertise, Shamsi also is knowledgable on the topics of national security policies and civil rights, counter-terrorism and human rights, human rights in an age of terrorism, and freedom of speech in a troubled era.
More about Shamsi and the ACLU’s National Security Project can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/bio/hina-shamsi.
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