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Aziz Huq

Aziz Huq is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and previously litigated national security cases at the Brennan Center for Justice. He is co-author of Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror (New Press, 2007).

He is a 2006 recipient of the Carnegie Scholars Fellowship and has published scholarship in the Columbia Law Review, the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, and the New School’s Constellations Journal. He has also written for Himal Southasian, Legal Times and the American Prospect, and appeared as a commentator on Democracy Now! and NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Before joining the Brennan Center, Aziz Huq clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and for Judge Robert D. Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. In 2001, he graduated summa cum laude from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the John Ordonneux Prize. While at the Law School, he was Essay and Review Editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Since 1998, Mr. Huq was worked on human rights issues overseas, including in Guatemala and Cambodia. In 2002, he joined International Crisis Group on a Post-Graduate Human Rights Fellowship from Columbia Law School, and has since worked as an analyst in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal studying the development of legal institutions and new constitutions.


  • Law September 29, 2008

    Justice Delayed and Denied at Guantanámo

    The Supreme Court's ruling in Boumediene v. Bush affirmed prisoners' right to habeas corpus, but the government is stalling; and such delays may keep detainees imprisoned indefinitely.

    Aziz Huq

  • Law August 22, 2008

    FBI Seeks Sweeping New Powers

    Attorney General Michael Mukasey is poised to implement new rules that will create a new surveillance state.

    Aziz Huq

  • Covert Ops June 20, 2008

    Surveillance Bill: The Worst of All Worlds

    House Democrats capitulate to pass a surveillance bill that further compromises our privacy and limits accountability of the government and telecoms. Will the Senate fight back?

    Aziz Huq

  • Election 2008 May 22, 2008

    War of Words

    An argument over how US officials should speak about terrorism bodes ill for this political season.

    Aziz Huq

  • Law May 13, 2008

    After Gitmo

    America's legal and moral responsibility to innocent detainees is not more imprisonment, but a new life in the United States.

    Aziz Huq

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  • Culture April 7, 2008

    Fitna’s Hateful Crusade

    The new film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders is the latest in a series of stunts aimed at humiliating and scapegoating Muslims.

    Aziz Huq

  • Politics February 8, 2008

    Undoing the Bush Legacy

    No matter who becomes the next President, the clammy fingers of Bush and Cheney will be wrapped around vital national policies. It's up to Congress to break their grip.

    Aziz Huq

  • Foreign Policy December 27, 2007

    Another Death in Rawalpindi

    The killing of Benazir Bhutto echoes Pakistan's troubled history, portends more violence and flags a proud country's collapse into chaos. It also signals the manifest bankruptcy of the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism.

    Aziz Huq

  • Covert Ops December 11, 2007

    Torture Tapes: Failure at All Levels

    CIA, Department of Justice, White House--and members of Congress--ran through every legal and procedural red light designed to prevent criminal conduct and its cover-up.

    Aziz Huq

  • Covert Ops September 27, 2007

    Protecting the Wiretappers

    Now that telecommunications giants are shielded from lawsuits for warrantless spying, the Bush Administration is seeking to absolve them of past misdeeds.

    Aziz Huq