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Jennifer Daskal

Jennifer Daskal

Founding Editor

Jennifer Daskal (@jendaskal) recently joined the ranks of American University Washington College of Law, after a two-year stint as a fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.  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 on humanitarian law, military commissions, and non-custodial detention have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Journal of International Criminal Law, and Cornell Law Review. She has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, LA Times, and, and she has offered comment for the BBC, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.

Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Detention, Use of Force, Lethal Targeting, Courts, Military Commissions, Humanitarian 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

Media Inquiries: Contact
John Reed, Managing Editor
Cell: (650) 387-4640

Jennifer Daskal on Just Security