Michael Ratner was born in Ohio in 1943. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School. He is an attorney and the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-profit human rights litigation organization based in New York. He has represented Guantanamo detainees in front of the United States Supreme Court, and is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. Ratner has authored numerous books and articles including The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book
, Against War with Iraq
, and Guantanamo: What the World Should Know
, he co-authored Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First-Century America
, and also wrote a textbook on international human rights. Ratner is the co-host of the radio show, "Law and Disorder," where he joins three other lawyers to report on legal developments related to civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights. He currently lectures on international human rights litigation at Columbia Law School.