Last week, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled in favor of the plaintiff in Ibrahim v. DHS, et al. This is the first challenge to the constitutionality of the No Fly List to be tried in federal court.
Jeff Kahn, a visiting professor at Washington and Lee Law School, was an expert witness in that case for the plaintiff, Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian national whose graduate study at Stanford was cut short by her placement on the No Fly List. Prof. Kahn’s testimony largely revolved around the conclusions he reached in his book, Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists (University of Michigan Press, 2013).
According to Prof. Kahn, the trial was unusual for a variety of reasons, many of which are noted in a post he contributed to a well-known academic website, Lawfare. The case has also been covered by the Associated Press.
Prof. Kahn comes to W&L Law from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Prof. Kahn teaches and writes on American constitutional law, Russian law, human rights, and counterterrorism. His latest research on U.S. legal topics focuses on the right to travel and national security law.