Amanda Shanor

As a Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, Amanda Shanor litigates and writes in the areas of national security and constitutional law.  With Professor David Cole, she has worked on cases including Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder, a speech and association challenge to the statute barring material support for terrorism heard by the U.S. Supreme Court; Arar v. Ashcroft, a Bivens claim concerning rendition and torture; and Al-Haramain v. Treasury, a due process and First Amendment case involving the designation of an Oregon-based charity as a terrorist organization.

Previously, Amanda was part of a team that represented a detainee at Bagram, Afghanistan in habeas proceedings, and litigated a state secrets case regarding liability for rendition, Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan.  She served for several years as the U.S. Program Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, where she worked on the implementation of international human rights standards in the United States, particularly with regard to human trafficking and corporate accountability issues.  Amanda’s academic work focuses on constitutional law, political theory, speech and association, and their intersection with the behavioral sciences, and she is co-authoring a casebook on law and terrorism.  Amanda is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College.


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