Adjunct Professor of Law
Zaid Hydari is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN), a US-based non-profit that works to protect the rights of people uprooted from their homes and strengthens the communities where they seek safety. At RSN Zaid manages a US-based team working in partnership with advocates and stakeholders in host countries abroad to develop national capacity and advance legal frameworks that uphold human rights. Prior to RSN, Zaid spent four years based in Istanbul where he worked with a national human rights NGO, an opportunity first made possible by the James E. Tolan International Human Rights Law Fellowship through the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.
Zaid received a B.A. in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest and active in the Community Economic Development Clinic, Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, Immigration Advocacy Project, National Lawyers Guild, and South Asian Law Students Association.