Jamil N. Jaffer

Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program, George Mason University School of Law and former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Professor Jaffer currently serves an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches courses on national security law, cybersecurity law, and surveillance law. Professor Jaffer most recently served as Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he was the lead drafter of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) and two enacted laws imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, as well as legislation authorizing the use of military force against Syria, ISIS, and al-Qaeda in the global war on terror.Professor Jaffer previously served at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) where he was the lead drafter of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and led committee efforts on terrorism and key intelligence collection programs, including the Section 215 (metadata) and 702 (content) programs, among other things. Professor Jaffer also served in the Bush Administration as an Associate Counsel to the President and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, where among other things, he worked on the first ever litigated matter in the FISA Court and the second ever case before the FISA Court of Review. Professor Jaffer also worked in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy on the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and served as an adjunct professor teaching graduate level seminars at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and the National Intelligence University. Professor Jaffer is also currently a Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup technology company founded by the former heads of the National Security Agency and the National Counterterrorism Center. 
Professor Jaffer previously served as a law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and worked on Capitol Hill as a policy aide to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), as well as on a number of political campaigns. Professor Jaffer holds degrees from UCLA (B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998), the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with honors, 2003), and the United States Naval War College (M.A. with distinction, 2006). While in law school, Professor Jaffer served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and National Symposium Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • United States Naval War College (M.A., with distinction, 2006)
  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with honors, 2003)
  • University of California (B.A., cum laude, 1998)

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Publications and Multimedia
Future of the Expectation of Privacy after U.S. v. Jones - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
July 12, 2012
Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Security Symposium
April 05, 2012
Wikileaks: Frontier Journalism or Underminer of Liberty and Security? - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group
May 11, 2011