Ali Beydoun, Esq., serves as the clinic’s director and supervisor for the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic. Ali’s international litigation work includes a class action suit against Henry Kissinger and Chilean government victims seeking money damages for the wrongful deaths of their family members, representing U.S. citizens incarcerated under illegal immigration detainers; investigations and submissions to the United Nations on behalf of Tamil victims of the 2009 genocide, and Chagossians seeking redress for forced exile and torture by U.S. and U.K. government officials. Ali started his career as a public defender in the Southwest, representing New Mexico’s poorest community as both a trial and appellate lawyer. Later, he returned to Washington, D.C., to work with a Georgetown law firm’s litigation and environmental practice groups and fought hard to prevent low-level radioactive waste sites from being placed in rural communities that opposed them. Ali is also currently a Senior Partner at SPEAK Human Rights Initiative, where he provides advice and legal assistance to those seeking the protection of international human rights law and assists with prosecution in cases of alleged violations of international law. Ali has lectured on his human rights cases at the University of Madras in Chennai, India, Universidad Nacional de Itapúa in Encarnación, Paraguay and several U.S. law schools.
Areas of Specialization
- International Human Rights