Ramzi Kassem is the founding director of CLEAR. He is a Professor of Law at the City University of New York where he also co-directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic. With his students, colleagues, and co-counsel, he represents prisoners of various nationalities held at Guantánamo Bay and other secret or disclosed American facilities worldwide, New Yorkers and others of all stripes who find themselves in the crosshairs of the sprawling U.S. security state, as well as immigrants and asylum-seekers. Ramzi has litigated criminal, constitutional, immigration, civil rights, wartime detention, and war crime cases at all levels of the federal judiciary, before military commissions and international tribunals, and in various administrative proceedings.
Before joining the CUNY law faculty, Ramzi taught at Yale and Fordham. His interests include issues at the intersection of law and security, the legal and policy responses to the September 11th attacks and other real or perceived national security crises, policing and surveillance, the rights of minorities and non-citizens, and international humanitarian law.
Ramzi is a graduate of Columbia College and holds law degrees from Columbia Law School, where he was a Senior Editor for the Columbia Law Review, and from the Sorbonne.