Faiza Patel


Faiza Patel serves as Co-Director of the Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that our government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism.

Before joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Patel worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. She clerked for Judge Sidhwa at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and previously worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, DC. Ms. Patel’s academic work is published in the American Journal of International Law, the Emory Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Hague Yearbook of International Law, and the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. In addition, she has contributed to a number of books, including The Research Handbook of International Criminal Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming), Treaty Enforcement and Cooperation in International Criminal Matters (T.M.C. Asser, 2002) and The Chemical Weapons Convention: Implementation, Challenges and Opportunities (United Nations Press, 2006). Ms. Patel is also a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries.

Born and raised in Pakistan, Ms. Patel is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.