First Amendment and Human Rights Lawyer


Submission to the United Nations on Whistleblower Protection on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights (2015)

Earlier Supreme Court Jurisprudence Shows Hope Not Lost for Those Seeking Corporate Accountability
in U.S. Courts, N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. ONLINE FORUM (Apr. 19, 2013)

Catalyzing National Judicial Capacity: The ICC’s First Crimes Against Humanity Outside Armed Conflict, 1210 N.Y.U. L. REV. 87 (2012).

Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street (2012) (contributor)

Editor for Amanda Sen, Measuring Fatherhood: “Consent Fathers” and Discrimination in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings, 1570 N.Y.U. L. REV. 87 (2012).



Techno-Art of the Moment, Featuring Laura Poitras, Ai Weiwei and the Mona Lisa, Truthdig (May 5, 2015).FBI’s Proposals for Mandatory Tech Security ‘Back Doors’ Are Slammed by Bipartisan Committee, Truthdig (Apr. 29, 2015)

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too, Huffington Post (Mar. 20, 2015)

Law an Attack on Free Speech, Philadelphia Inquirer (Feb. 4, 2015)

Australia Threatens to Jail Citizens Who Embarrass Repressive Governments, Truthout (July 30, 2014)

70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics with Freedom of the Press, Huffington Post (June 18, 2014)

Risen Case Leads Organizations to Push for a Shield Law that Wouldn’t Protect Risen, National Lawyers Guild Blog (June 16, 2014)

What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?, Truthdig (May 19, 2014)

Persistently Distinguishing Apples from Apples: Jeremy Hammond and Daniel Ellsberg, Truthout (Dec. 17, 2013)

The First Amendment Club for ‘Official’ Journalists, Truthdig Radio, KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles (Sept. 26, 2013)

Book Synopsis: The Way of the Knife, Just Security (Sept. 23, 2013)

The Senate Is Busy Creating a Privileged 1st Amendment Club for ‘Official’ Journalists, AlterNet (Sept. 20, 2013)

US Government Urges Citizens to Avoid Peaceful Political Protest, Truthout (Sept. 3, 2013)

Federal Judge Presses Executive Branch Authority on Drone Strike Deaths, NYU Center for Human Rights & Global Justice (July 2013)

National Security Journalism on Trial, Truthout (June 24, 2013)



Britain Challenges Julian Assange’s Asylum in Ecuadorean Embassy as Sweden Vows to Continue Inquiry, Democracy Now! (Aug. 14, 2015)

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement for Having Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner Issue in Her Cell, Democracy Now! (Aug. 14, 2015)
Swedish Prosecutor Offers to Question Assange a Victory, Channel 9 CTV, Toronto (Mar. __, 2015)

Google Says it Fought Gag Orders for WikiLeaks Invesigations, HuffPost Live (Jan. 29, 2015)

What are Human Rights, newsPeeksLIVE (Dec. 7, 2014)

Free Flow of Information Act (Journalist Shield Law), Law and Disorder Radio (June 9, 2014) (34:15)

A Proposed Shield Law Leaves Glenn Greenwald Exposed, Truthdig Radio, KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles (May 1, 2014) (starts 15:45)


Panel, USC Annenberg School of Journalism (Aug. 25, 2015)

Panel, USC Annenberg School of Journalism (Apr. 21, 2015)

Lecture, USC Annenberg School of Journalism (Mar. 31, 2015)

Lecture, Privacy Law, National Law School, Bangalore, India (Mar. 23, 2015)

Lecture, International Human Rights Clinic, UCI School of Law (Jan. 29, 2015)

Lecture, National Law School, Bangalore, India (Aug. 7, 2014)

Workshop on Data Security for Human Rights Lawyers, NYU School of Law (July 15, 2014)



Full appellate case briefing and oral argument moot supervised and judged by Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, as part of curriculum at NYU.

Strategic, writing, and editorial role in briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court human rights case Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (NO. 10-1491, 10A1006). Specifically, I developed and researched arguments on the international prohibition against piracy which were cited by Justice Breyer in his concurring opinion.

Credited for contributions in Brief of Professors Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey, New York University School of Law, as Amici Curiae in Support of Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc, Mamani v. Berzain, 654 F.3d 1148 (11th Cir. 2011)


  • Michael Ratner2014
    New York, New York


      • NYU Center for Human Rights & Global Justice2013
        New York, New York

        Research Fellow

      • Center for Constitutional Rights2012
        New York, New York

        Ella Baker Fellowship

      • Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman, LLP2011
        Venice, California

        Human Rights and Police Accountability Practice

      • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia2010
        The Hague, Netherlands

        Outreach Programme

      • Daily Bruin Radio2009
        Los Angeles, California


      • UCLARadio News2006-2009
        Los Angeles, California

        Director, Reporter


      • J.D.2011 - 2013
        NYU School of Law, Notes Editor, NYU Law Review
      • Student Exchange2013
        Columbia Law School, ‘Bringing Human Rights Home’
      • J.D. First Year2010 - 2011
        University of California, Los Angeles, accepted to UCLA Law Review
      • M.A., B.S., Mathematics2005 - 2009
        University of California, Los Angeles, Departmental Scholar with Highest Honors, Full Regents Scholarship