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Ian Kysel


Dash/Muse Fellow, Human Rights Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Swarthmore College; J.D., Georgetown

Ian Kysel is the Dash/Muse Fellow with the Human Rights Institute. Before joining the Institute, he was the Aryeh Neier Fellow with the Human Rights...

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Ian Kysel is the Dash/Muse Fellow with the Human Rights Institute. Before joining the Institute, he was the Aryeh Neier Fellow with the Human Rights Program of the American Civil Liberties Union and the US Program of Human Rights Watch and coordinated the organizations' legal and advocacy work related to the solitary confinement of children. He is an author or co-author of human rights reports on the solitary confinement of children in prisons and jails in the United States; prison conditions for youth offenders serving life without parole sentences in the United States; and, with the Human Rights Institute, on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees to the United States. He has also published on the rights of international migrants and sits on the steering committee of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, which is based at Georgetown. His academic research interests also include work at the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and the enforcement of human rights obligations.

Professor Kysel has testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a U.S. state Legislative Committee and his human rights work has regularly been the subject of reporting, editorials and opinion pieces in the press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Associated Press, and on television news magazines and on public radio. He has worked on a range of constitutional, international, human rights and migration law issues with non-profit organizations, the U.S. federal government, international organizations, and in the private sector.

Professor Kysel graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown, where he was a Global Law Scholar and received a J.D., a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and the Bettina Pruckmayr Award. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College

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"President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles & Here's Why It's So Important," coverage in Romper, January 26, 2016, featuring Ian Kysel (L'11).

"Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk," New York Times, August 15, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Human Rights Institute Dash/Muse Fellow Ian Kysel.

"Solitary Confinement Abuses Could Open Door to Wider Prison Reform," coverage by NPR's To The Point, June 23, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, Dash/Muse fellow, Human Rights Institute.

"Solitary confinement makes teenagers depressed and suicidal. We need to ban the practice," a piece in the Washington Post, June 17, 2015, by Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, L'11, Dash/Muse Fellow at the Human Rights Institute. Further coverage is in #NPRreads.

"Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows," coverage by NPR's All Things Considered, June 9, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, director of the Human Rights Institute. Further coverage on this topic is by Aljazeera America.

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"President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles & Here's Why It's So Important," coverage in Romper, January 26, 2016, featuring Ian Kysel (L'11).

"Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk," New York Times, August 15, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Human Rights Institute Dash/Muse Fellow Ian Kysel.

"Solitary Confinement Abuses Could Open Door to Wider Prison Reform," coverage by NPR's To The Point, June 23, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, Dash/Muse fellow, Human Rights Institute.

"Solitary confinement makes teenagers depressed and suicidal. We need to ban the practice," a piece in the Washington Post, June 17, 2015, by Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, L'11, Dash/Muse Fellow at the Human Rights Institute. Further coverage is in #NPRreads.

"Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows," coverage by NPR's All Things Considered, June 9, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, director of the Human Rights Institute. Further coverage on this topic is by Aljazeera America.

"New York jail to end solitary confinement: can Rikers be a model for juvenile justice?," coverage in The Guardian, January 15, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian Kysel, Dash/Muse Fellow, Human Rights Institute. He was also quoted in The Marshall Project.

"It's Time To End Solitary Confinement For Minors," coverage by HuffPost Live, December 30, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Ian KyselDash/Muse Fellow at the Human Rights Institute.

"End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers," an op-ed in The New York Times by Adjunct Professor Ian M. Kysel, Dash/Muse fellow with the Human Rights Institute, December 16, 2014.

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