Ian Kysel


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Ian Matthew Kysel is staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. He joined the ACLU SoCal in 2016.

Ian’s advocacy and litigation work focuses on criminal justice, including police practices. This includes efforts to promote transparency and accountability, eliminate discrimination and bias, reduce incarceration and end dragnet surveillance. Ian’s current cases include contributing to the ACLU’s representation of the plaintiffs in Glover v. Laguna Beach, a class action lawsuit challenging Laguna Beach’s ineffective and discriminatory homelessness program.

Much of Ian’s prior legal practice focused on the rights of children. As the Aryeh Neier Fellow, he spearheaded Human Rights Watch and the ACLU’s work on the solitary confinement of children. As the first Dash/Muse Fellow, Ian managed the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute and helped expand its teaching, research and legal work, supervising investigations and advocacy in the US and internationally. Ian has testified before a state advisory committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights and a state legislative committee as well as before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States.  His litigation experience includes practice as an associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in London. 

Ian’s writing on human and civil rights matters have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and in several academic journals.  Ian has served as an Associate Member of Nuffield College and a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow of St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford and on the Adjunct Faculty of Georgetown Law.  Ian is a co-founder and co-chairs the Steering Committee of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, based at Georgetown Law.  He sits on the Advisory Board of the Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign.    

Ian graduated with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College. He received his JD, Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown, with a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and was a Global Law Scholar and elected to the Order of the Coif. Ian also holds an LLM in Advocacy, conferred with distinction, from Georgetown Law.

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