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Professor Ahmed Ghappour joined UC Hastings College of the Law in 2014. He directs the Liberty, Security and Technology Clinic, where his casework addresses on constitutional issues that arise in espionage, counterterrorism, and computer hacking cases. Professor Ghappour’s research focuses on the interplay between emerging technologies and national security—particularly in the context of the modern surveillance state, information security and the evolution of cyberspace as a theater of war.
Before coming to UC Hastings, Professor Ghappour was at the University of Texas Law School, where he taught the National Security Clinic, the Civil Rights Clinic and directed the National Security Defense Project, an access to justice initiative that monitored national security and cybersecurity prosecutions in the United States. Prior to that, Professor Ghappour worked with Lt. Cmd. Charles Swift (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld), taking numerous national security cases to trial, and was a Staff Attorney at Reprieve UK, where he represented Guantanamo detainees in their habeas corpus proceedings. He began his legal career as a patent litigator at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. Formerly, Ghappour was a computer engineer focused on design automation, diagnostics, distributed systems architecture and high performance computing.
Professor Ghappour is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' National Security Committee and has been qualified to serve as an expert by courts in the United States and Canada.
National Security Law, International Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Privacy Law, Law and Technology.