Jennifer Daskal

Jennifer Daskal

Founding Editor

Jennifer Daskal (@jendaskalis an Associate Professor at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, criminal law, and constitutional law.  She was on academic leave from 2016-2017, working as an Open Society Institute Fellow on issues related to privacy and law enforcement access to data across borders.  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.  She also spent two years as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.  

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 national security-related topics, including surveillance, data privacy, 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 Journal of International Criminal Law, and Cornell Law Review, among other outlets. She has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, and International Herald Tribune, and has appeared on 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, Privacy, Cross-Border Access to Data, Surveillance.

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