Associate Director, Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project;
Lecturer-in-Law & Acting Director, Human Rights Clinic
Naureen Shah develops research and advocacy on human rights and counterterrorism policy, including covert drone strikes, terrorism investigations and prosecutions of American Muslims, and safeguards against torture in renditions. Since joining the Human Rights Institute in 2009, Naureen has co-authored major reports on drone strikes: The Civilian Impact of Drones, Counting Drone Strike Deaths and Targeting With Drone Technology: Humanitarian Law Implications.
She is a frequent commentator on U.S. drone policy, and has recently been quoted in coverage by the New York Times, LA Times, ProPublica, Rolling Stone and PRI's The World. She has recently been a guest on programs such as KCRW Los Angeles' To The Point, WHYY Philadelphia's Radio Times, and HuffPost Live. In the past she has appeared on CNN International and the BBC.
Her recent articles include End Covert Drone War (USA Today, Feb. 7, 2012); New director John Brennan must kill the CIA's drone assasination policy (Guardian, Jan. 8, 2012); President Obama's Dangerous Drone Legacy (USA Today, Oct. 1, 2012); The CIA’s Unchecked Quasi-Military Role (Politico, May 10, 2012); Drone Attacks and the Brennan Doctrine (Guardian, May 2, 2012); They Can't Go Home Again (Jurist, Feb. 15, 2011); Don’t Deliver Afghans to Torture on a Promise Alone (The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 7, 2011); and Growing Up Before Ground Zero (Fort Worth Weekly, Sept. 8, 2011).
Naureen holds a B.S. from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, cum laude. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and received the Lowenstein Fellowship awarded to outstanding graduates pursuing public interest law.
Prior to joining Columbia, Naureen was a Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch, based in London. Previously, Naureen worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on refugee appeals cases.
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