Amrit Singh is the senior legal officer for national security and counterterrorism with the Open Society Justice Initiative. She conducts strategic litigation, documentation, and advocacy on a range of counterterrorism-related human rights issues including rendition, torture, arbitrary detention, drone killings, and surveillance.
Among other cases, she has litigated al Nashiri v. Poland, a challenge before the European Court of Human Rights to Poland’s hosting of a secret CIA prison where detainees were tortured. Previously, she was a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated national security and immigrants’ rights cases, including ACLU v. Dep’t of Defense, a landmark case which publicly disclosed thousands of documents relating to the Bush administration’s torture program; and Khouzam v. Chertoff, a successful challenge to U.S. government attempts to deport an immigrant to Egypt based on its assurances not to torture him.
Singh also monitored U.S. military commission proceedings of detainees at Guantánamo and testified before Congress on the Bush administration’s torture policies. Prior to joining the ACLU, she was a law clerk to Judge Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court (S.D.N.Y). She is the author of Globalizing Torture and co-author of Administration of Torture.
She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.