Ian Kysel

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
309 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5503
Email: imk48@cornell.edu

Clinical Program Assistants:
Email: clinicalprograms@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-4196

Professional Biography

Ian Matthew Kysel is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law. He co-directs the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, is also a founder and director of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative and is a core faculty member in the Migration and Human Rights Program.

Kysel’s research interests lie in public and private international law, including international migration and human rights law, constitutional law, civil rights/civil liberties law, US immigration law and property law. His recent scholarship has focused on both children’s rights and the rights of migrants. Kysel has published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of Law & Social Change and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal as well as in the peer-reviewed International Migration and Journal on Migration and Human Security. He has written several human rights reports; his opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Kysel previously held appointments at the University of Oxford, as a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow at Saint Anne’s College and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, and at the Georgetown University Law Center, as the inaugural Dash/Muse Fellow and an Adjunct Professor of Law.

Kysel has argued or participated in litigation before immigration, federal and state courts as well as international tribunals. He has provided testimony to various legislative bodies and executive or international commissions. Much of his legal work has focused on ending the detention of children and the abuse of those deprived of their liberty. Before joining the faculty at the law school, Kysel was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. He also served as the Aryeh Neier Fellow at both the National ACLU and Human Rights Watch and practiced in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group and its Public International Law Practice. Kysel currently serves as a Trustee of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and on the Board of Ithaca City of Asylum (one of two U.S. affiliates of the International Cities of Refuge Network). He also sits on the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division, is a co-organizer of the ACLU’s national Youth Justice Network and co-chairs the International Refugee Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Kysel holds an LLM in Advocacy, with distinction, a JD, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center. While a law student at Georgetown, he was an articles editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law and a Global Law Scholar. He holds a BA, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.