Jennifer Daskal

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Jennifer Daskal
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Born 1972 (age 44–45)
Nationality America
Alma mater Harvard Law School
Cambridge University
Brown University
Occupation lawyer
Known for senior counsel for Human Rights Watch

Jennifer Daskal is an American lawyer who serves as senior counsel for Human Rights Watch, and focuses on issues of terrorism, criminal law and immigration.[1][2] She is also currently a political hire at the Department of Justice, which is seeking to prosecute terror suspects through the criminal justice system instead of through military tribunals.[3][4]


A graduate of Harvard Law School, Cambridge and Brown University and a Marshall Scholar,.[5][6] Daskal garnered attention after traveling to the countries to which Guantanamo detainees have been released, to verify that those countries are abiding by the undertakings they made to the US Government to respect the returned captives' human rights.[7]

On February 23, 2010, the New York Post reported that Daskal, Neal Katyal, and three other lawyers who had worked on behalf of the civil rights of Guantanamo captives, had been serving on the Obama administration's task force reviewing the status of the remaining Guantanamo captives.[8] The paper had first questioned her appointment to the Department of Justice's National Security Division, in July 2009, and then again in January 2010.[9][10]

Currently, Daskal is an Assistant Professor of Law at American University.[5][11]


  1. ^ Human Rights Watch Staff - Main Page
  2. ^ Daskal, Jennifer. "Jennifer Daskal". Huffington Post. 
  3. ^ [1] Holder admits current DOJ hires have represented Guantanamo detainees.
  4. ^ Matt Ehling (2012-06-07). "Jennifer Daskal, Obama, and the institutionalizing of the war on terrorism". Minneapolis Post. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Jennifer Daskal - Bio". New America. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Daskal, Jennifer. "Jennifer Daskal". Huffington Post. 
  7. ^ Jennifer Daskal (September 2, 2007). "A Fate Worse Than Guantanamo". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  8. ^ Jennifer Fermino (2010-02-23). "In-Justice! Furor over O's 'Gitmo' appointees". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. Neal Katyal, the department's principal deputy solicitor general, was once the lawyer for Osama bin Laden's driver. Jennifer Daskal, part of Obama's Detention Policy Task Force, advocated for detainees at Human Rights Watch. 
  9. ^ Meghan Clyne (2009-07-17). "A bleeding heart to 'fight' terror: An odd pick for justice". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. Then again, you're not President Obama. His Justice Department has raised eyebrows by tapping Jennifer Daskal, formerly "senior counterterrorism counsel" at Human Rights Watch, to work as counsel in its National Security Division and to serve on a task force deciding the future of Guantanamo and its detainees. 
  10. ^ Jennifer Fermino (2010-01-27). "Come clean, Mr. Holder". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. Months ago, Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder to disclose who in the administration had previously represented or agitated for alleged terrorists. 
  11. ^ "Prof. Jennifer Daskal - Bio". Federalist Society. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

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