This article appeared in The Washington Post on Dec. 15. By Ranjana Natarajan The #BlackLivesMatter movement has sparked nationwide protests and has raised awareness worldwide about the unequal treatment of black people by police in the United States. Listening to the voices from the movement — and learning from the death of Eric Garner and the series […]
Professor Ranjana Natarajan reflects on the impact of the Civil Rights Act 50 years later By Ranjana Natarajan Growing up in the 1980s as a first-generation immigrant in the Houston suburbs, I had friends whose families hailed from many different parts of the world, and I assumed that was normal. Only later, as I learned […]
The Civil Rights Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law has been working a high-profile criminal case in Dallas, defending activist-journalist Barrett Brown. In an extremely rare turn of events, the United States government voluntarily dismissed on Wednesday all but one of the 12 charges against Brown in an indictment accusing him of […]
A United Nations Working Group released an opinion earlier this month condemning the “prolonged and indefinite” detention of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The ruling was a result of a complaint submitted by the Human Rights Clinic and National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. In its opinion, […]
On June 18, 2010, the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law won an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which allows a Clinic client’s habeas case to go forward in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He can now challenge his detention at the Guantánamo Bay facility.
Video: Clinical Professor Ranjana Natarajan discusses national security and the right to privacy, on UT’s Know online magazine
In this video from UT’s Know online magazine, she explains the necessary balancing act that occurs in the United States legal system, as citizens challenge the use of new and more invasive defense technologies such as whole-body scanners in airports. From Guantanamo Bay to police searches, Natarajan clarifies the significance of the rule of law and the writ of habeas corpus in maintaining national security.