Jonathan Hafetz

Jonathan Hafetz is Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and the author of Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America's New Global Detention System.

Drone strikes

The troubling legacy of Obama's drone campaign

Donald Trump will assume command of a drone campaign that lacks any meaningful constraints.

Syrian Refugees

Fear of and resistance to Syrian refugees in the US

Closing the door on Syrians fleeing violence and persecution is not just pointless, it also harms security.


Lessons of the USA freedom act

Unless there is more transparency about what the intelligence agencies are doing, the prospects for reform will be dim.

Human Rights

There is no debate about torture

Nobody who matters actually says it works.

US & Canada

The war is over: Isn't it time for the US to release POWs?

The US position that suspected terrorists can be detained under the law of armed conflict remains highly controversial.


Human rights don't stop at the border

US double standards on human rights are encouraging other states to follow suit.

US & Canada

Guantanamo: Making the unbearable a little less unbearable

International media attention on the mass hunger strikes last spring propelled Guantanamo back onto the radar.


Can judiciary rein in NSA?

Recent rulings by federal district courts are a reminder of the judiciary's role in checking government overreach.


Refusing to defer to the government on Guantanamo

The latest court ruling will have little effect in closing down Guantanamo.


Movement on Guantanamo?

Despite false starts in the past, there appears to be real momentum behind new efforts to reform Guantanamo policies.


Military commissions: A legacy of illegality and ineptitude

The Obama administration's decision to reform the military commissions - rather than retire them - seems misguided.

Business & Economy

Why citizenship should not be the main focus of targeted killing

The US will be judged by how it uses drones not against its own citizens, but against others, argues Hafetz.