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Amrit Singh

Amrit Singh

Visiting Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute

Research interests

  • Human Rights


Amrit Singh has been a practicing human rights lawyer for the last two decades. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of legal tools to resist contemporary authoritarianism around the world. She previously served as Director of the Accountability Division at the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York. During her tenure at OSJI, she authored several human rights reports, conducted advocacy, and engaged in strategic litigation before US courts, the European Court of Human Rights, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on a broad range of human rights issues, including those relating to authoritarianism. Amrit has taught at the Yale Law School and the New York University Law School. She received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Yale Law School, an M. Phil in Economics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Economics from Cambridge University. She is a member of the New York bar.

Selected Publications:

Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter Extremism Strategy in Health and Education (author of Open Society Justice Initiative report 2016)

Death by Drone: Civilian Harm Caused by U.S. Targeted Killing in Yemen (author of Open Society Justice Initiative report 2015)

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition (author of Open Society Justice Initiative report 2013).

Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record From Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (with Jameel Jaffer) (Columbia Univ. Press, 2007).

Freedom of Information in “The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law” (author of chapter in book edited by Mark Denbeaux & Jonathan Hafetz) (New York Univ. Press 2010).