Niels Frenzen

Expert on immigration and refugee law; can comment on travel ban

Clinical Professor of Law

Director of Immigration Clinic

USC Gould School of Law


  • United States immigration law
  • refugee and asylum law
  • forced migration
  • extraterritorial border controls
  • migration by sea
  • maritime migration toward Europe
  • Frontex, the European border control agency
  • U.S. and European maritime interdiction practices, including push-back and interception at sea
  • search and rescue obligations at sea
  • deportation for reasons of national security or terrorism
  • use of secret evidence in immigration proceedings
  • Haitian boat people and refugees, including U.S. interdiction of Haitian boat people on the high seas
  • post-Gulf War Iraqi refugees
  • transgender asylum seekers
  • the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • immigration detention practices

Additional Information

  • President, Program for Torture Victims
  • Member, National Advisory Committee, Florida Immigrant Advocacy
  • Member, numerous human rights monitoring missions to Haiti,
    El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo
  • Past president and board member, Coalition for Humane Immigrants’
    Rights of Los Angeles
  • Author of numerous op-ed pieces in Los Angeles Times

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