Biography

Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg’s current research focuses on the rule of law and human rights violations that occurred in the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on the study of terrorism and other post–9/11 issues. Honigsberg is the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo project, which began in fall 2008. He has filmed over 125 full–length and in–depth interviews in nineteen countries of former detainees and others who have worked in or are associated with Guantanamo Bay, including prison guards, interrogators, interpreters, chaplains, medical personnel, prosecutors, habeas and JAG attorneys, high–ranking government and military officials, and family members of former prisoners. In May 2007, Honigsberg visited the detention center at Guantanamo. He teaches Legal Issues of Terrorism, International Criminal Law and Administrative Law. He is the author of Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror (University of California Press, 2009) and Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir (University of California Press, 2000). His articles include, “Linguistic Isolation: A New Human Rights Violation Constituting Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment” (Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights); “Chasing Enemy Combatants and Circumventing International Law: A License for Sanctioned Abuse” (UCLA International Law and Foreign Affairs Journal); “Inside Guantanamo,” (Nevada Law Journal); “In Search of a Forum for the Guantanamo Disappeared” (University of Denver Law Review); and The Evolution and Revolution of Napster” (University of San Francisco Law Review). Honigsberg also frequently contributes pieces to the Huffington Post and to other media and blogs. He is currently writing a book on his work with the Witness to Guantanamo project.

Education
BA, City University of New York
JD, New York University
Experience
Director, Legal Writing and Research Program, USF School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Instructor, San Francisco State University
Attorney/Author, Private Practice
Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project, Berkeley
Expertise
Administrative Law
Guantanamo Bay
Human Rights
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
International Humanitarian Law
National Security
Terrorism
Awards & Distinctions

Sigrid Rausing Trust Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Left Tilt Fund Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Roddick Foundation Trustees Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Open Society Institute (Soros) Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Levinson Foundation Trustees Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Samuel Rubin Foundation Trustees Grant, Witness to Guantanamo project

Books
Gilbert's Legal Research, Writing  & Analysis ( Gilbert Publishing Co , 12 Edition , Cleveland, Ohio) (Co-Authored with Professor Edith Ho.)
Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror (Berkeley: University of California Press , 2009) )
Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir ( : University of California Press , 2000) )
Law Review and Journal Articles
“The Consequences Today of the United States' Brutal Post-9/11 Interrogation Techniques,” 31 The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (2017). SSRN
“"I Still Live in Guantanamo," Human rights abuses continue after detainees leave Guantanamo",” 30 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (2016). SSRN
“Linguistic Isolation: A New Human Rights Violation Constituting Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman And Degrading Treatment,” 12 Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights (2014). Read More
“Linguistic Isolation: A New Human Rights Violation Constituting Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment,” (2013). SSRN
“In Search of a Forum for the Families of the Guantanamo Disappeared,” 90 Denver University Law Review 433 (2012). SSRN
“Conflict of Interest that Led to the Gulf Oil Disaster,” 41 Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis 10414 (2011). SSRN
“Inside Guantanamo,” 10 Nevada Law Journal 82 (2009). SSRN
“Chasing Enemy Combatants and Circumventing International Law: A License for Sanctioned Abuse,” 12 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 1 (2007). (Symposium: Protecting the Nation at the Expense of Individuals? Defining the Scope of U.S. Executive Power at Home and Abroad in Times of Crisis) SSRN
“Pursuing Dignity Through Three Tumultuous Decades: Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941-1973,” 44 Santa Clara Law Review 335 (2003). SSRN
“The Evolution and Revolution of Napster,” 36 University of San Francisco Law Review 472 (2002). SSRN
“A Barbie Doll Story: How the Doll Study in Brown v. Board of Education led Berkeley High School Students to Question the World of Barbie Dolls,” Phi Delta Kappan (1995).
“When the Client Harasses the Attorney — Recognizing Third-Party Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession,” 28 University of San Francisco Law Review 715 (1994). (With Marilyn Tham and Gary Alexander)
“Unfairness in Access to and Citation of Unpublished Federal Court Decisions,” 18 Golden Gate University Law Review 277 (1988). (With James A. Dikel)
“Tenant Union-Landlord Relations Act: A Proposal,” 58 Georgetown Law Journal 1013 (1970). (With Myron Moskowitz)
Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
Guantanamo: Fifteen Years and Counting”, American Constitution Society Blog (January 2017)
The Latest From Guantanamo”, WUNC-FM (January, 2016)
Don't Let Fear Lead Us to Repeat the Mistakes of Guantanamo!”, Huffington Post (November, 2015)
Will the Last UK Resident Be Released from Guantanamo Next Month?”, JURIST (May 2015)
How Guantanamo Was Chosen”, The Huffington Post (April 2015)
I Live In Slovakia but am Still in Guantanamo”, American Constitution Society website (March 2015)
The Real Origin of the Term 'Enemy Combatant'”, Huffington Post (January 2014)
A Darkening Cloud Hangs Over Guantanamo”, The Huffington Post (May 2013)
How Is Linguistic Isolation Similar to—and Different From—Physical Isolation?”, Science and Religion Today (May 2013)
In Guantanamo, Obama's Promise of Hope Has Transformed Into Hopelessness”, The Huffington Post (March 2013)
Obama 'Doubled Downed'”, American Constitution Society (March 2013)
Isolated Inside the Administration”, American Constitution Society (November 2012)
In Memory of Adnan Latif: ‘Timmy’ and a Hospital Corpsman in Guantanamo”, American Constitution Society (October 2012)
Spielberg, Guantanamo, and Me”, California Lawyer Magazine (November 2011)
The Defining Moment of the Decade”, The Huffington Post (September 2011)
Coping With Loneliness in Guantanamo”, The Huffington Post (August 2011)
Without Human Rights We Are Just Another Country”, The Huffington Post (March 2011)
Transforming Lives on this Side of the GTMO Wire”, The Huffington Post (October 2010)
Dignified, But Broken”, The Huffington Post (August 2010)
Stateless Pawns in the Global Game of the Superpowers”, The Huffington Post (January 2010)
The Witness to Guantanamo Project: In-Depth Filmed Interviews of Former Guantanamo Detainees”, The Huffington Post (September 2009)
I Debated a War Criminal”, The Huffington Post (April 2009)
Establishing a Truth Commission for Guantanamo”, The Huffington Post (January 2009)
A Bumpy Application to Guantanamo”, The Huffington Post (July 2007)
Other Publications
Learning Legal Analysis Through its Components: Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion — IRAC [computer file] (Minneapolis, Minn.: CALI, 1989)
Using IRAC to Develop an Objective Memorandum of Law [computer file] (Minneapolis, Minn.: CALI, 1989)
Presentations
Commentator, “Witness to Guantanamo: Guantanamo and the Constitution after 9/11,” Constitution Day 2017, “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conferene at SF State,” San Francisco, California (September 2017)
Presenter, “The Future of Guantanamo Under the Trump Administration,” The Future of Guantanamo Under the Trump Administration, “Duke University ,” Durham, North Carolina (April 2017)
Presenter, “Guantanamo and the Trump Administration,” United Nations Human Rights Council, 34th Session, Geneva, Switzerland (March 2017)
Panelist, “Alternatives to Liability for International Human Rights Abuses,” 2017 UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy Symposium, “Combating International Human Rights Abuses Using U.S. Courts and International Mechanisms,” Davis, California (February 2017)
Presenter, “The Witness to Guantanamo Project: Giving Voice to the People of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (June, 2016)
Presenter, “Rights and Wrongs: Guantanamo Bay,” Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA (May, 2016)
Panelist, “Counter-terrorism,” Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy Symposium, University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, I (March, 2016)
Panelist, “Closing Guantanamo or Moving it North?,” 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland (March 2016)
Presenter, “The Lives and Voices of Guantanamo: The Work of the Witness to Guantanamo Project,” Duke University, Durham, NC (January, 2016)
Panelist, “Guantanamo and Accountability for Torture,” Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland (March 2015)
Presenter, “The Witness to Guantanamo Project: Its Evolution and Early Challenges Confronting the Project,” "Juridifying the Past" panel at "The Archive, History and Law: The Politics of Remembering, Truth-Seeking and Remaking History" Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. (March 2015)
Presenter, “Guantanamo and the Rule of Law,” University of San Francisco School of Law, Hellenic Law Society's Constitutional Law and Public Policy Series, San Francisco, Calif. (November 2014)
Presenter, “Presentation on Witness to Guantanamo Project,” Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif. (March 2014)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantanamo Presentation,” Guantánamo Public Memory Project, Arizona State University, “Human Library Experience,” Phoenix, Ariz. (November 2013)
Presenter, “Linguistic Isolation,” American Society of International Law Conference, New York University,, “New Perspectives on Human Right,” New York, N.Y. (November 2013)
Presenter, “Filming Detainees and Other Voices: The Witness to Guantanamo Project,” UCLA Human Rights Archives Symposium,, Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2013)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantanamo,” University of San Francisco School of Law, (October 2009)
Panelist, “National Security’s New Paradigm: Confronting the Post-9/11 Past,” Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU,, “Why Remember Guantánamo? GTMO Before 9-11, What Now, and What’s Next,” New York, N.Y. (December 2012)
Panelist, “The Legacy of Guantanamo: Where Do We Go From Here?,” Barry University Law Review 2012 Symposium,, “Guantanamo’s Legacy: Reflections on a Decade of Detention,” Orlando, Fla. (February 2012)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantanamo Project,” University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, (November 2009)
Presenter, “Narrating Detentions and Deportations of Muslims, Post 9/11,” Southwestern University's, “September 11th Ten Years Later: The Impact on Muslims at Home and Abroad,” Georgetown, Texas (September 2011)
Presenter, “Filming In-Depth Interviews with Former Guantanamo Detainees and Other Witnesses,” Sonoma County Bar Association, “The Witness to Guantanamo Project,” Santa Rosa, Calif. (April 2011)
Moderator, “American War Crimes,” 13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat, University of San Francisco School of Law, (March 2011)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantanamo,” UC Hastings College of the Law, “2010 Amnesty International USA Western Coast Regional Conference 'Shine a Light: 50 Years of Activism',” San Francisco, Calif. (November 2010)
Presenter, “The BP Oil 'Spill' and the Law,” University of San Francisco Teach-In, “BP, the Gulf, and Beyond: Environmental and Human Costs of the Gulf Oil Disaster,” (November 2010)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantanamo Project,” Berkeley High School Human Rights Day Celebration , Berkeley (December 2009)
Presenter, “Witness to Guantánamo,” UC Riverside, “Guantánamo Public Memory Project,” Riverside, Calif. (July 2013)
Presenter, “The Human Consequences of the War on Terror and the Closing of Guantanamo,” World Affairs Council, East Bay Chapter, Walnut Creek (April 2009)
Presenter, “An Independent, NGO-Sponsored Guantanamo Truth Commission: The Tension with Those Who Want a Government-Sponsored Truth Commission,” University of San Francisco School of Law Faculty Teaching and Scholarship Workshop Series, (March 2009)
Presenter, “New Voices in Human Rights,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, San Diego (January 2009)
Presenter, “Executive Power and Detainment of Enemy Combatants,” UCLA Law Symposium, “Protecting the Nation at the Expense of Individuals?,” Los Angeles (February 2007)
Presenter, “'Enemy Combatants:' Is it a Term of Art or of Mischief?,” World Affairs Council, San Francisco (2006)
Presenter, “The Multistate Performance Test used on the bar exam of 25 states,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools,
Presenter, “Workshop on the California Bar Performance Test,” University of Oregon Law School and Willamette University College of Law,
Presenter, “Crossing Border Street — A Civil Rights Memoir,” Southern University School of Law, annual address,
Media
"Did NYC Suspect Commit Act of War? Republicans Want Him to be Treated as 'Enemy Combatant'", Newsweek, 11/01/2017
"Obama plans to transfer more Gitmo detainees amid effort to close facility", ABC 7's WJLA, 03/31/2016
"Closing GITMO: Should President Obama Resort to Executive Action to Close Guantanamo Bay?", Latin Post, 02/26/2016
"Guantanamo Bay: What you need to know about the notorious U.S. detention centre", CBC News, 02/24/2016
"President Obama Asks Congress To Shut Down Guantanamo, Again", KQED Forum, 02/24/2016
"Announcement to possibly close Guantanamo", KCBS, 02/23/2016
"After Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Announcement, Human Rights Advocates Still Worry", International Business Times, 02/23/2016
"Guantanamo Bay expert critical of decision to keep camp open", The Duke Chronicle, 02/08/2016
"Muira McCammon: GiTMO’s linguistic isolation", Index of Censorship, 08/19/2015
"Guantánamo Detainees Also Can’t Eat With Red Cross", The Miami Herald, 06/05/2015
"Explaining The Difference Between Lawful And Unlawful Enemy Combatants", HuffPost Live, 01/13/2014
"The Real Origin of the Term 'Enemy Combatant'", The Huffington Post, 01/09/2014
Broadcast on Witness to Guantanamo Project, WCEV Radio, 11/01/2013
"The Link Between Guantanamo and Syria", American Constitution for Law and Policy, 09/10/2013
"9/11: A Mystery to the Young", The Huffington Post, 09/10/2013
"Desperately Alone in a Crowd", Elements (The New Yorker blog), 05/30/2013
"‘Geographies of Detention’ Exhibition Opens June 1", UCR Today, 05/28/2013
Article on President Obama's plans to close down Guantanamo Prison, Al Jazeera, 05/10/2013
"The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio- May 5th, 2013", The Scholars' Circle (KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles), 05/05/2013
"Guantánamo ‘Torture’ Fears Over Force-Feeding", The Times, The Australian, 05/02/2013
"A Darkening Cloud Hangs Over Guantanamo", The Huffington Post, 05/01/2013
"How Is Linguistic Isolation Similar to—and Different From—Physical Isolation?", Science + Religion Today, 05/01/2013
"30/04/2013", BBC Radio Up All Night, 04/30/2013
"Solitary Linguistic Confinement", The Economist, 04/16/2013
"Up All Night: 6/04/2013", BBC Radio Up All Night, 04/06/2013
"Obama 'Doubled Downed' with Drones while Notorious Interrogator Apologized", The American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy, 03/25/2013
"Isolated Inside the Administration", The American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy, 11/28/2012
"In Memory of Adnan Latif: ‘Timmy’ and a Hospital Corpsman in Guantanamo", American Constitution Society, 10/04/2012
Interviewed for broadcast on detainee who died in Guantanamo, RT TV (Russian media organization), 09/11/2012
"Amnesty International Protests Gitmo detentions", ABC 7 News KGO (ABC San Francisco), 01/11/2012
Broadcast on 10 year anniversary of Guantanamo, KCBS Radio, 01/10/2012
"Guantánamo Bay: 10 Years of Controversy", Radio Netherlands, 01/10/2012
"Spielberg, Guantanamo, and Me", California Lawyer, 11/01/2011
"The Defining Moment of the Decade", The Huffington Post, 09/07/2011
"Coping With Loneliness in Guantanamo", The Huffington Post, 08/19/2011
"Bar Considers Ending Some Data Collection", Daily Journal, 07/08/2011
"Without Human Rights We Are Just Another Country", The Huffington Post, 03/14/2011
"A Legacy", The Huffington Post, 11/05/2010
"Transforming Lives on this Side of the GTMO Wire", The Huffington Post, 10/07/2010
"The Witness to Guantanamo Project", Andy Worthington, 08/31/2010
"The Witness to Guantanamo Project: In-Depth Filmed Interviews of Former Guantanamo Detainees", The Huffington Post, 09/07/2009
"Our Nation Unhinged - Book Review", Daily Journal, 08/01/2009
"Talking Dog Blog Interview with Peter Honigsberg", The Talking Dog , 06/02/2009
"Untitled", The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show on WNJC AM, 04/29/2009
"I Debated a War Criminal", The Huffington Post, 03/24/2009
Peter Jan Honigsberg on Gitmo, ABC 7 News at 11PM KGO, 01/22/2009
Professor Honigsberg Discusses Possible Guantanamo Closing on KGO Radio News, KGO Radio News, 01/20/2009
"Establishing a Truth Commission for Guantanamo", The Huffington Post, 01/10/2009
"Religious, rights groups applaud Supreme Court in habeas corpus case", Catholic News Service, 06/16/2008
Service
Consultant, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). (2010)
Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). (2009)
Consultant, California Land Surveyors Association. (2003)
Consultant, UC Hastings College of the Law: Legal Education Opportunity Program. (2002)
Consultant, Barbri Bar Review. (2001)
The Witness to Guantanamo project received a grant from the Sigrid Rausing Trust in London for 300,000 British pounds, which is approximately a half-million U.S. dollars (October 2014). (2014)
Interviewed on Chicago radio station WCEV as a witness to Guantanamo project and on the current status of prisoners at Guantanamo (November 2013). (2013)
Reached a milestone of 100 interviews for the Witness to Guantanamo Project (November 2012). (2012)
Filmed interviews with nine former detainees in the countries of Morocco and Tunisia for the Witness to Guantanamo project (July 2012). (2012)
Filmed interviews with former Guantanamo detainees in London, England, and Lativa, in addition to militiary officials in Washington, D.C. and New York for the Witness to Guantanamo project (August 2011). (2011)
Filmed interview with Estela Lebron, the mother of Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was tortured and held in isolation by the Navy for nearly four years (July 2011). (2011)
Filmed interviews of four former Guantanamo detainees in Kuwait and the father of a detainee still in Guantanamo (January 2011). (2011)
Filmed interviews with three individuals in December, including the former general counsel for the Navy and a former Muslim chaplain for the Army (December 2010). (2010)
Filmed interviews with five people, including former detainees in Europe and several "other voices" for the Witness to Guantanamo project (August 2010). (2010)
Filmed interviews with three former detainees (Uhghurs) in Bermuda, a chief prosecutor for Guantanamo and a FBI profiler who worked in Guantanamo (May 2010). (2010)
Filmed interviews with a former Guantanamo prison guard, who had converted to the Muslim religion while in the prison, and a former military JAG officer, who represented a young man who was 14 when first captured and kept in Guantanamo for more than eight years (May 2010). (2010)
Member of the bars of California and New York (2010)
Filmed interviews with three former Guantanamo detainees in Europe and a former prison guard (September 2010). (2010)
Filmed interviews of former Guantanamo detainees in Palau (January 2010). (2010)
Launched Witness to Guantanamo website (January 2010). The website includes testimony of detainees' treatment in Guantanamo Bay. (2010)
Filmed interviews of 16 former Guantanamo detainees in five European countries (Albania, Bosnia, France, Germany, and England) for the Witness to Guantanamo project. (2009)