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As a Senior Counsel for Defense and Intelligence, Raha advocates for US counterterrorism and national security policies that are consistent with human rights norms.  He is a recognized expert in international human rights and humanitarian law, and has worked to reform key post-9/11 counterterrorism policies, including indefinite detention and military commissions at Guantanamo; targeted killings in the U.S. drone program; “enhanced interrogation techniques” and other forms of torture or abusive interrogations; and counterterrorism war authorities, including the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Raha frequently shares his expertise with policymakers in Congress and the executive branch, and has appeared regularly in major print, radio, and TV outlets, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC.

Raha graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, co-president of Georgetown Law’s Amnesty International chapter, and student co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Fact-Finding Project.  He is the recipient of the Bettina E. Pruckmayr Award in International Human Rights, and the author of academic publications on human rights and counterterrorism policy appearing in the American Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Cambridge University Press. Raha is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to attending law school, Raha worked as consultant advising corporations on strategic financial modeling.  Raha has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, and B.B.A. in Finance, Management, and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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