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Aziz Huq

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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.


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David Hicks pleads guilty and goes free, while the Supreme Court denies nearly 400 other terror suspects their day in court. This is justice?

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As the Bush Administration continues to exercise an inordinate amount of
power, will the Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ruling become
a guidepost for future government or a last lonely relic of a proud
lost era?