Amrit Singh

Amrit Singh is head of the Accountability, Liberty, and Transparency cluster of 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, in which the European Court of Human Rights held that Poland had violated the European Convention, inter alia, by hosting a secret CIA prison where detainees were tortured. She is also counsel in al Nashiri v. Romania, a challenge before that Court to Romania’s hosting of a secret CIA prison. Previously, she was a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated immigrants’ rights and national security 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.  She 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 author of Death by Drone, and Globalizing Torture  and co-author of Administration of Torture.  She is a graduate of the Yale Law School, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.