Jennifer Daskal

Founding Editor

Jennifer Daskal (@jendaskal) is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, Security Program at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the fields of criminal, national security, and constitutional law.  From 2009-2011, Jen was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice and served on the Department of Defense and Justice-led Detention Policy Task Force.   Prior to joining DOJ, she was senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff.  

Jen is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University (where she was a Marshall Scholar). Her articles have covered a range of tech and national security-related topics, including surveillance, data privacy, speech regulation onlines, military detention, and use of force, and have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Journal of National Security Law and Policy, Harvard National Security Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review Online, among other outlets. She has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, and International Herald Tribune, and has appeared on BBC, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.  She is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at New America. Jen is also on LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, Constitutional Law

Selected Media Appearances
“Guantanamo” – MSNBC (All In)
“The No Fly List” – MSNBC (Up with Chris Hayes)
“The Drone Program” – MSNBC (Up with Chris Hayes)
9/11 Defendants in Court – CNN

FISA Court Appears to be Rubberstamp for Government Requests – NPR (Morning Edition)
Obama Speech Expected to Touch on Drones, Guantanamo – NPR (Morning Edition)
Human Rights Activist Looks at Case of American Held in Ethiopia – NPR

Don’t Close Guantánamo – The New York Times
Guantanamo Case Raises New Question – NPR

Articles by this author:

What Comes Next: The Aftermath of European Court’s Blow to Transatlantic Data Transfers


Jul 17th, 2020

An Incremental Step Toward Stopping Forever War?

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Jul 13th, 2020

Correcting the Record: Wiretaps, the CLOUD Act, and the US-UK Agreement


Oct 31st, 2019

The UK-US CLOUD Act Agreement Is Finally Here, Containing New Safeguards

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Oct 8th, 2019

Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection

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Aug 20th, 2019

To Congress: If Russians Seek to Provide Dirt, Make it a Requirement to Report!


Jun 13th, 2019

To Roger Stone: Witness Intimidation Is Not Protected Speech


Jan 29th, 2019

Low-Hanging Fruit: Responding to the Digital Evidence Challenge in Law Enforcement

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Jul 25th, 2018

Launch Event – Low-Hanging Fruit: Evidence Based Solutions to the Digital Evidence Challenge

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Jul 24th, 2018

A Possible US-EU Agreement on Law Enforcement Access to Data?

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May 21st, 2018

Privacy and Civil Liberties under the CLOUD Act: A Response

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Mar 21st, 2018

Why the CLOUD Act is Good for Privacy and Human Rights

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Mar 14th, 2018

Symposium Recap: We Need the Cloud Act To Save Us & What Bill Dodge Got Right


Feb 22nd, 2018

New Bill Would Moot Microsoft Ireland Case — And Much More!


Feb 6th, 2018

The Supreme Court Should Heed Friendly Advice on Microsoft Ireland


Dec 18th, 2017

Why Microsoft Challenged the Right Law: A Response to Orin Kerr


Dec 8th, 2017

Where is Congress? The Supreme Court’s Cert in Microsoft Ireland Case Should Spur Lawmakers to Act


Oct 18th, 2017

Protecting a Free and Open Internet: My testimony before the House Commerce Committee


Oct 11th, 2017

Cross-Border Access to Data: Google’s Senior VP Weighs In


Jun 22nd, 2017

Preview: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing (5/24) on Cross-Border Access to Data


May 23rd, 2017

U.S. Strike in Syria: The (Non) Legal Issues and Lingering Questions


May 18th, 2017

The Downward Spiral


May 17th, 2017

President Trump: Don’t Replace Andrew McCabe


May 12th, 2017

Did Trump Engage in the Obstruction of Justice? The Special Reasons for a Special Prosecutor


May 12th, 2017

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