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Gregory S. McNeal, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)
Phone: (310) 506-7292

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.P.A., American University
  • B.A., Lehigh University

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Professor McNeal is an expert in national security law and policy, criminal law and procedure, and international law. He previously served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, co-directed a transnational counterterrorism program for the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as an advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Professor McNeal has testified before Congress about drones, surveillance, and counterterrorism. He has aided members of Congress and their committees in drafting legislation, advised the Iraqi High Tribunal, and supervised a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism program. He has also advised Fortune 500 companies and the defense industry on matters related to privacy, surveillance, and homeland security. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on National Security Law, Vice President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law, Secretary of the American Society of International Law's International Law and Technology Interest Group, and is an Executive Committee member of The Federalist Society's International Law and National Security Practice Group. His popular writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Baltimore Sun, and he has appeared on Fox News Channel, NPR, BBC, C-SPAN, CNN and other national media outlets as an expert commentator. He is also a FORBES contributor where he writes about law and public policy.



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  • Book Chapters

  • Gregory S. McNeal, New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians, in COUNTERINSURGENCY LAW (William C. Banks ed., 2013) . SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Are Targeted Killings Unlawful? A Case Study in Empirical Claims without Empirical Proof, in TARGETED KILLINGS: LAW AND MORALITY IN AN ASYMMETRICAL WORLD (Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin, & Andrew Altman eds., 2012) . SSRN WorldCat
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Analysis of The Judgments in República Democrática De Timor-Leste, Dili District Court, the Special Panels for Serious Crimes, in 16 ANNOTATED LEADING CASES OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS (2009) . SSRN
  • Articles

  • Gregory S. McNeal, Targeted Killing and Accountability, 102 GEO. L. J. 681 (2014) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal, The Origins of National Security Expertise, 44 CONN. L. REV. 1585 (2012) HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, The Status Quo Bias and Counterterrorism Detention, 101 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 855 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, A Cup of Coffee After the Waterboard: Seemingly Voluntary Post-Abuse Statements, 59 DEPAUL L. REV. 943 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Institutional Legitimacy and Counterterrorism Trials, 43 U. RICH. L. REV. 967 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Organizational Culture, Professional Ethics, and Guantanamo, 42 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 125 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Beyond Guantanamo, Obstacles and Options, 103 NW. U. L. REV. COLLOQUY 29 (2008) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal & Brian J. Field, Snatch-and-Grab Ops: Justifying Extraterritorial Abduction, 16 IOWA J. OF TRANSNAT'L L. CONTEMP. PROBS. 491 (2007) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Cyberembargo: Countering the Internet Jihad, 39 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 789 (2007) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, ICC Inability Determinations in Light of the Dujail Case, 39 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 325 (2007) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Popular Press

  • Gregory S. McNeal, Speaker, Address on Surveillance by Law Enforcement Drones and Targeted Killings Under International Law, Various Locations and Dates.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Presenter, Federalist Society's Junior Scholars Workshop, (June 8, 2013).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Presenter, Hamilton Society's Summer Leadership Conference, (June 15, 2013).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Panelist, The Law of Cyberwarfare: Can the Current Legal Regime Hack It?, American University (Nov. 8, 2013).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Speaker, Audience Response Systems, Technology Learning Faculty Seminar, Pepperdine University (Sept. 2011).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade (Sept. 2010).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Panelist, International Organizations and the Use of Force, American Branch of the International Law Association (Oct. 7, 2013).

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