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

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  • 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 law and public policy with a focus on security, technology and crime. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and courses related to national security and public policy.

His current research projects include a book focused on the investigation and prosecution of national security related crimes (under contract with Oxford University Press), a book about targeted killings (grant funded), and a book about the emergent civilian drone market. His law review articles have been published by or are forthcoming in The Georgetown Law Journal (winner of an article of the year award), The Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, The Washington and Lee Law Review, and The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy among others. He is a co-author of the casebook Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement (with Norman Abrams, 4th Edition Supplement and 5th Edition), co-editor of Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael Scharf) and is the editor of a forthcoming treatise Cybersecurity and Privacy.

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Forthcoming Books


  • Gregory S. McNeal and Norman Abrams, ANTI-TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT (West, 5th ed. forthcoming) .
  • Books


  • Gregory S. McNeal and Norman Abrams, SUPPLEMENT TO ANTI-TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT (West, 4th ed. 2014) .
  • Gregory S. McNeal & Michael P. Scharf, SADDAM ON TRIAL: UNDERSTANDING AND DEBATING THE IRAQI HIGH TRIBUNAL (2006). WorldCat
  • 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, Rethinking the Use of Drones: Gregory McNeal and Alan Gertler Talk about the FAA's Decision to Authorize Drone Testing in the United States, MSNBC, JAN. 4, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, The Brian Lehrer Show: Is It Legal to Fly Drones in New York City?, WNYC, JULY 15, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Take Two: What are the Implications of Hamas's Use of Drones Against Israel?, KPCC, JULY 15, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, To The Point: Big Business Is Ready for Drones, but What About the Feds?, KCRW, JUNE 12, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, All Sides with Ann Fisher: Tech Tuesday: Driverless Car, Drone Journalism, Gadgets, WOSU, MAY 6, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Amazon, Pursuing Drone Delivery for Packages, Seeks FAA Nod to Test-Fly, CHRISTIAN SCI. MONITOR, JULY 11, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Eyes in the Sky: Are Pricey Border Patrol Drones Worth the Money?, NBCNEWS.COM, JULY 13, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Voices: In the Digital World, Privacy is the Price of Admission, USA TODAY, JULY 8, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, This Drone Will Make You Proud to Be American, OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, JULY 7, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Are civilian drones safe? New York police report a close encounter, CHRISTIAN SCI. MONITOR, JULY 8, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Can a Drone Legally Fly Through Fireworks? The FAA Isn't So Sure, GIGAOM, JULY 8, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, How Much Power Does Facebook Have?, GQ (German edition) 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Man Flies Drone into West Palm Beach Fireworks Show, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, JULY 5, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Drone Films Fireworks from the Inside, INSIDE EDITION, JULY 8, 2014.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Drone Usage and Privacy Issues, C-SPAN, AUG. 13, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Drone Strikes Blur the Laws of War, TORONTO STAR, FEB. 2, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Accused Boston Bomber May Face ‘Rare’ Federal Execution, AL ARABIYA NEWS, APR. 24, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Vetting the Kill List, NATIONAL JOURNAL, APR. 4, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Legislation Would Restrict Use of Drones by Police, STAR NEWS ONLINE (Wilmington, NC), APR. 19, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Arraignment of Boston Bombing Suspect Start of Long Legal Path, WFDD/NPR, APR. 22, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Portland Terrorism Arrest: Delays Between Alleged Crime, Charges and Arrest Raise Questions, THE OREGONIAN, MARCH 8, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Morning Edition: Drone Manufacturers Confident Domestic Industry Will Grow, NPR, AUG. 15, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Weekend Edition Sunday: How A 'Drone Court' Might Work, NPR, MARCH 31, 2013.
  • 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, Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary. Drones and the Fourth Amendment, 113th Cong. 19-31 (2013).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, "Targeting Is A President's Duty, Not a Judge's", The New York Times (Feb. 5, 2013).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, What Drones Can Do For You, NAT'L J., APR. 11, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, The Wonderful World of Drones, NAT'L J., MARCH 7, 2013.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, NSA Leaks Investigation Could Be Unique Challenge for Rosenstein, BALTIMORE SUN, JUNE 17, 2012.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, All Things Considered: Drones Drifting into Markets Outside War Zones, NPR, AUG. 13, 2012.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, All Tech Considered: Report From the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses, NPR, AUG. 9, 2012.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, "Why Obama Chose SEALS, Not Drones", Foreign Policy Magazine Online (May 2011).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Speaker, Audience Response Systems, Technology Learning Faculty Seminar, Pepperdine University (Sept. 2011).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. The U.S. Strategy to Counter Jihadist Websites, 111th Cong. 23-51 (2010).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, U.S. Looks at Ways to Control Militant Websites, LA TIMES, SEPT. 30, 2010.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, How Should America Try Terror Suspects?, TIME, JAN. 7, 2010.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Morning Edition: As Support Fades, Al-Qaida Shows Signs of Decline, NPR, APR. 26, 2010.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Will Reading WikiLeaks Cost Students Jobs With the Federal Government?, TORONTO STAR, FEB. 2, 2010.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Kevin Whitelaw, In Sept. 11 Trial, Lots of Evidence, But No Slam-Dunk, NPR, NOV. 25, 2009.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, The Constraints on Detainment, CQ WEEKLY, JAN. 26, 2009.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, War Crimes Prosecutor Quits in Pentagon Clash, N.Y. TIMES, OCT. 7, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Pentagon Will Appeal Dismissal of Charges Against Two Detainees, ASSOCIATED PRESS, JUNE 9, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Failed Terror Trials Raise New Questions, ASSOCIATED PRESS, JUNE 5, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Release of 2 Detainees Hurts U.S. Legal Strategy, ASSOCIATED PRESS, JUNE 7, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, Terror Cases Dismissed, May Threaten Future Trials, ASSOCIATED PRESS, JUNE 5, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Quoted in, U.S. Won't Limit Detainees' Visits With Attorneys, N.Y. TIMES, MAY 12, 2007.
  • Gregory S. McNeal, "The Terrorist and the Grid", The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2006).
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Book Discussion on Saddam on Trial, C-SPAN, NOV. 29, 2006.
  • 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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