Prof. Gregory S. McNeal

Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Professor McNeal is an expert in national security law and policy, criminal law and procedure, and international law. 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. Professor 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 supervised a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism program. He 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. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on National Security Law, Vice President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law, Secretary of the American Society of International Law's International Law and Technology Interest Group, and is an Executive Committee member of The Federalist Society's International Law and National Security Practice Group. 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 Fox News Channel, NPR, BBC, C-SPAN, CNN and other national media outlets as an expert commentator. He is also a FORBES contributor where he writes about law and public policy.

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.P.A., American University
  • B.A., Lehigh University

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Publications and Multimedia
Should the government regulate microdones?
Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
May 25, 2016
Drones & Property Rights
Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
April 22, 2016
Drone regulation: Commercial v. Recreational use?
Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
February 02, 2016
Why is the FAA regulating recreational drone use?
Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
January 27, 2016
Is the FISA Court Too Secret? - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Drone Delivery Service - Podcast
Federalist Society Practice Groups Podcast
December 05, 2013
National Security vs. International Law? - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012