Faiza Patel

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Brennan Center for Justice,
New York University School of Law
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Faiza Patel

Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, The Brennan Center for Justice

Faiza Patel serves as Co-Director of the Libertyand National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that our government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism.  She is the author of Rethinking Radicalization, a critical analysis of law enforcement theories that suggest that Muslim religious behavior can be considered a proxy for terrorist leanings.

Before joining theBrennanCenter, Ms. Patel worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons inThe Hague. She clerked for Judge Sidhwa at the International Criminal Tribunal for the formerYugoslavia, and previously worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton inWashington, DC.

Ms. Patel’s academic work is published in the American Journal of International Law, the Emory Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Hague Yearbook of International Law, and the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.  She has contributed to a number of books, including The Research Handbook of International Criminal Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming), Treaty Enforcement and Cooperation in International Criminal Matters (T.M.C. Asser, 2002) and The Chemical Weapons Convention: Implementation, Challenges and Opportunities (United Nations Press, 2006).  Ms. Patel is a frequent commentator on national security and counterterrorism issues for media outlets such as MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NPR, the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian, the New York Daily News, the National Law Journal, the Huffington Post and Roll Call.

Ms. Patel is also a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries.  Born and raised inPakistan, she is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.

Issues: Miscellaneous

• Senior Policy Officer, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague
• Clerk, Judge Sidhwa, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
• Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton


J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Harvard College


Rethinking Radicalization, Brennan Center for Justice, 2011.

Additional Issues: Liberty and National Security, Human Rights, Racial and Religious Profiling, Classification

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