Amrit Singh

Amrit Singh is a human rights lawyer who directs the project on national security and counterterrorism at the Open Society Justice Initiative. Singh conducts strategic litigation, documentation, and advocacy on human rights issues relating to counterterrorism measures such as challenging “extremism,” freedom of expression restraints, extrajudicial killings (including through drones), rendition, torture, and arbitrary detention. She also oversees projects on economic justice, anticorruption, and freedom of information, association and assembly, housed in the Accountability, Liberty and Transparency division of the Justice Initiative.

Among other cases, Singh successfully litigated the European Court of Human Rights cases al Nashiri v. Poland and al Nashiri v. Romania, which challenged these countries hosting of secret CIA prisons. She is the author of Eroding TrustDeath by Drone, and Globalizing Torture, and is the co-author of Administration of Torture.

Previously, Singh was a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated immigrants’ rights and national security cases, including landmark litigation that exposed the scale of Bush administration torture policies. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.