Associate Professor Jonathan Hafetz

Jonathan Hafetz

Associate Professor of Law

Jonathan Hafetz

Jonathan Hafetz

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Jonathan Hafetz focuses his research on constitutional, criminal, and international law. Professor Hafetz is a nationally recognized expert on national security and human rights issues. He joined Seton Hall Law School as an Associate Professor in 2010. Professor Hafetz is the author of Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System (NYU Press 2011), which received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts, Honorable Mention, and the American Society of Legal Writers, Scribes Silver Medal Award. He is the co-editor (with Mark Denbeaux) of The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law (NYU Press 2009). Professor Hafetz’s scholarship has appeared in many publications, including the Yale Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Columbia Law Review Sidebar, Cambridge Journal of Comparative & International Law, Fordham International Law Journal, and American University International Law Review, and has been cited by numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Seton Hall, Professor Hafetz was a senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, a litigation director at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, and a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, P.C. Professor Hafetz has litigated numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals, including Al-Marri v. Spagone, 555 U.S. 1220 (2009), Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008), Munaf v. Geren, 553 U.S. 674 (2008), and Rasul v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 466 (2004), and authored or co-authored amicus curiae briefs on a range of issues.

Professor Hafetz has lectured widely both in the United States and abroad, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Poland, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. He has testified before Congress on habeas corpus. Professor Hafetz frequently provides expert legal commentary for major media outlets and news programs. Professor Hafetz currently serves as chair of New York City Bar Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law.

Professor Hafetz earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School. He holds an M. Phil in Modern History from Oxford University and a B.A. from Amherst College. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship from the U.S. Government for study in Mexico. Following law school, Professor Hafetz served as a law clerk to Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.



Diminishing the Value of War Crimes Prosecutions: An International Criminal Law Perspective on the Guantanamo Military Commissions, Cambridge J. INT’L & Comparative L. (forthcoming 2014) (peer reviewed)

Human Rights Litigation and the National Interest: Kiobel’s Application of the Presumption against Extraterritoriality to the Alien Tort Statute”, 28 Maryland J. INT’L L. __ (forthcoming 2014) (invited symposium)

Detention Without End?: Reexamining the Indefinite Confinement of Terrorism Suspects through the Lens of Criminal Sentencing, 61 U.C.L.A. L. REV. 326 (2014)

Military Detention in the 'War on Terorrism': Normalizing the Exceptional after 9/11, 112 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 31 (2012)

Calling the Government to Account: Habeas Corpus after Boumediene, 57 Wayne L. Rev. 91 (2012)

Reconceptualizing Federal Courts in an Age of Terrorism, 56 St. Louis L. Rev. 1055 (2012)

Redefining State Power and Individual Rights in the War on Terrorism, 46 Valparaiso Univ. L. Rev. 843 (2012)

Vindicating the Rule of Law: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 31 Fletcher F. World Aff. 25 (2007)

Constitutional Implications of the War on Terror: "Judicial Review and the Regulation of Custodial Interrogations", 62 N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law 443 (2006)

Habeas Corpus, Judicial Review, and Limits on Secrecy in Detentions at Guantánamo, 5 Cardozo Law, Public Pol'y & Ethics J. 127 (2006)

The Supreme Court's ‘Enemy Combatant’ Decisions: Recognizing the Rights of Non-Citizens and the Rule of Law, 14 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rights L. Rev. 409 (2005)

The First Amendment and the Right of Access to Deportation Proceedings, 40 California Western L. Rev. 265 (2004)

Pretrial Detention, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in Latin America, 26 Fordham Int'l L. J. 1754 (2003)

Homeless Legal Advocacy: New Challenges and Directions for the Future, 30 Fordham Urban L. J. 1215 (2003)

"A Man's Home is His Castle": Reflections on the Home, Family, and Privacy During the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, 8 William and Mary J. of Women and the Law 175 (2002)

Fostering Protection of the Marine Environment and Economic Development: Article 121(3) of the Third Law of the Sea Convention, 15 Am. Univ. Int'l L. Rev. 583 (2000)

The Untold Story of NonCriminal Habeas Corpus and the 1996 Immigration Acts, 107 Yale L. J. 2509 (1998) (cited by U.S. Supreme Court, INS v. St. Cyr, 533 U.S. 289 , 2001)

The Rule of Egregiousness: INS v. Lopez-Medoza Reconsidered, 19 Whittier L. Rev. 843 (1998)


Immigration and National Security Law: Converging Approaches to State Power, Individual Rights, and Judicial Review, 46 Revista Juridica U.P.R. (forthcoming 2012)


Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America's New Global Detention System, NYU Press (2011)

The Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law, NYU Press (2009) (co-edited with Mark Denbeaux)