Lecturer in Law
Naureen Shah joined the Human Rights Institute in fall 2009, where she conducts research and advocacy on the human rights implications of counterterrorism policies, including targeting operations with drone technology and detainee transfers. She directs the Human Rights Clinic's counterterrorism and human rights project. Naureen also develops the Institute's strategic network-building among U.S. litigators engaged in leading national security cases. She is co-author of the Institute's 2010 report "Promises to Keep: Diplomatic Assurances in U.S. Terrorism Transfers" and the paper "Targeting with Drone Technology: Humanitarian Law Implications," with clinic students.
Prior to joining the Human Rights Institute, Naureen was a Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch, based in London. She authored the August 2009 report, “Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse, and Impunity in the Indian Police.” Previously, Naureen worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on refugee appeals cases. Naureen is a producer on Asia Pacific Forum, the weekly pan-Asian radio hour on WBAI 99.5 FM New York.
Naureen holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Journalism and Gender Studies, 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. She served as Articles Editor on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.