Fellows & Postdocs

Zohra Ahmed

Clinical Teaching Fellow, Cornell Center for Death Penalty Worldwide
Zohra Ahmed
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
139 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-9848
Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: za72@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Zohra is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, where she co-teaches and co-supervises the International Human Rights Clinic.

Before Cornell, she was a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she represented individuals charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. While a public defender, she organized efforts to hold prosecutors accountable, most recently through Court Watch NYC, a community-led program to monitor criminal court proceedings. In law school, she trained at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU, where she participated in litigation challenging US drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen. She has also participated in and led human rights investigations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel and Bolivia. She speaks French and Urdu, and is conversational in Mandarin.


J.D. Fordham University School of Law 2013
M.Phil Cambridge University 2010
B.A. University of Pennsylvania 2008