Gregory S. McNeal, J.D. Ph.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
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.
He has testified before Congress about drones, surveillance, and counterterrorism and has also aided members of Congress and their committees in drafting legislation. Previously, he served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, 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, and co-directed a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism program. He has consulted with the Department of Defense on a range of issues, including helping to draft a manual aimed at reducing harm to civilians in conflict, and advising on matters related to cybersecurity.
Dr. McNeal 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. 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 MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, NPR, NBC Nightly News, BBC, C-SPAN, and other national media outlets as an expert commentator on security, technology and crime. He is a FORBES contributor where he writes about law and public policy and is one of the nation's top law professor bloggers based on the Law Prof Blog Traffic Rankings.