Ramya Krishnan is a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute, where she works on issues related to national security, protest and dissent, and social media.
Krishnan has been at the forefront of litigation challenging “prepublication review,” a far-reaching censorship system that prohibits millions of former public servants from writing or speaking about their government service without first obtaining the government’s approval. She has led advocacy efforts calling on Facebook to lift restrictions on digital journalism and research focused on its platform. She has also authored amicus briefs in lawsuits challenging the retaliatory deportation of immigrant rights activists, and the enactment of state anti-BDS laws.
Krishnan joined the Knight Institute as its inaugural legal fellow. She previously worked at Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, where she litigated several high-profile constitutional and administrative law cases, including in the High Court of Australia. From 2013-2014, she served as law clerk for the Hon. Robert Beech Jones of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Krishnan holds a B.A. and LL.B. (First Class Honors) from the University of Sydney, where she served as an editor of the Sydney Law Review, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Raymond J. Baer Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She has been published or quoted in the Washington Post, NBC News, The Intercept, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Just Security.
Selected writings and appearances
- Report Reveals New Details about DOJ's Seizing of AP Phone Records, with Trevor Timm, Columbia Journalism Review (May 23, 2019)
- Immigrants' First Amendment Rights at Stake as the Second Circuit Hears Ragbir Case, Just Security (October 26, 2018)
- More Questions Than Answers from DOJ Letter about Journalist Surveillance, Columbia Journalism Review (July 13, 2018)
- Comey's Book and Prepublication Review, Just Security (April 16, 2018)