Ahmed Ghappour is a Clinical Instructor with the Civil Rights Clinic (formerly the National Security Clinic) at UT Law School. Ahmed also directs the National Security Defense Project (the "NSDP"), an access to justice initiative that addresses constitutional issues in national-security and cyber-security prosecutions, particularly those related to electronic surveillance and foreign intelligence gathering.
Ahmed's research is primarily concerned with the interplay between emerging technologies and national security—particularly as demonstrated by the modern surveillance state and the evolution of cyberspace as a theater of war.
Before coming to the law school, Ahmed worked with Lt. Cmd. Charles Swift (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld), taking numerous national security cases to trial. Prior to that, he was a Staff Attorney at Reprieve UK, where he represented Guantanamo detainees in their habeas corpus proceedings and challenged the US Extraordinary Renditions Program. Prior to that, he was a patent litigator at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. Formerly, Ahmed was a diagnostics engineer focused on distributed systems architecture and high performance computing.
Ahmed is a National Security Committee member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been qualified to serve as an expert on national security by courts in the United States and Canada.