Azmy, Baher

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Legal Director


Baher Azmy is the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he directs a 25-person legal staff in litigation and advocacy around issues related to the promotion of civil and human rights, particularly in the areas of racial justice, government accountability, transnational justice, and challenging executive-branch excesses in the post-9/11 era.  At CCR, Baher has litigated nationally-significant cases related to “stop and frisk” policing practices, prolonged solitary confinement, the rights of Guantanamo detainees, and accountability for victims of torture. Baher is on leave from his faculty position at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law and directed the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic.  While a Clinical Law Professor, Baher represented Murat Kurnaz, a German resident of Turkish descent imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay by the U.S. military as a so-called “enemy combatant,” until his release in August 2006 and litigated cases challenging police misconduct and violations of the rights of immigrants, prisoners, and the press. He has authored legal briefs in the Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court on various human rights and international law issues, testified before Congress, and produced substantial scholarship on issues related to access to justice.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of University of Pennsylvania and of NYU School of Law, where he was also a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar.