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Jonathan Hafetz

Senior Staff Attorney

ACLU Center for Democracy


Jonathan Hafetz (@JonathanHafetz) is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Center for Democracy. He is also a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, national security law, and international law. Mr. Hafetz works on issues involving detention, torture, surveillance, racial and religious discrimination, and the intersection of immigration and national security law. Mr. Hafetz previously worked as a senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, a litigation director at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, and a John J. Gibbons fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons PC. He has written books on habeas corpus and on international criminal law and authored numerous articles for academic journals and popular publications. Mr. Hafetz served previously as the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. Mr. Hafetz served as a law clerk for the Hon. Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Hon. Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Amherst College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.