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 issues relating to counterterrorism measures including “counter-extremism” policies, freedom of expression restraints, extrajudicial killings (including through drones), rendition, torture, and arbitrary detention. She also oversees Justice Initiative projects on economic justice, anticorruption, and freedom of information, association and assembly.
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 also counsel in Open Society Justice Initiative v. CIA, a lawsuit seeking disclosure of U.S. government records relating to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She is the author of Eroding Trust, Death 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, litigating immigrants’ rights and national security cases, including landmark litigation that exposed Bush administration torture policies. She was a law clerk to Judge Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.