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Gregory S. McNeal, Ph.D.

Gregory S. McNeal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 506-7292
gregory.mcneal
@GregoryMcNeal
Blog: Forbes blog
School: School of Law
Location: Malibu

Areas of Expertise

  • National security law and policy
  • Civilian and military drones
  • Cybersecurity
  • Prosecution of national security-related crimes

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Dr. Gregory McNeal is an expert in law and public policy with a focus on security, technology, and crime. 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.

Dr. 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 recently helped the U.S. Army develop two field manuals designed to help prevent harm to civilians in conflict. 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.

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Dr. Gregory 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 JournalThe Northwestern University Law Review ColloquyThe 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.

Dr. McNeal 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 TimesThe Washington Times, andThe 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.

Dr. McNeal is a FORBES contributor, writing about law and public policy, and he is one of the nation's top law professor bloggers based on the Law Prof Blog Traffic Rankings.

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

J.D., Case Western Reserve University

M.P.A., American University

B.A., Lehigh University