Gregory McNeal

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Pennsylvania State University

Dickinson School of Law

Gregory S. McNeal is a visiting assistant professor of law at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. His research focuses on national security law and policy, public administration, and international law.

Professor McNeal has advised the staff of Congressional committees and members of both houses of Congress on counterterrorism policy, and helped to write legislation for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on multiple working groups related to counterterrorism and international law and was recently one of two American academics invited by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to participate in an international experts roundtable. He also designed and supervised an innovative comparative counterterrorism program funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant which improved cooperation between officials in the U.S. and their European counterparts.

He was a legal consultant to the chief prosecutor for the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, and previously taught Counterterrorism Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he instructed and supervised students developing legal memoranda regarding the military commission process. There he also served as the assistant director of The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy and worked on international criminal law issues regarding the trial of Saddam Hussein through a relationship with the U.S. government’s Regime Crimes Liaison Office.

As an Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies he lectures frequently on numerous college campuses regarding counterterrorism. He has appeared on talk radio and national television as an expert commentator on counterterrorism and international law and has been quoted by The New York Times and The Associated Press.

Professor McNeal’s editorials have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Baltimore Sun.His book Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal was recently selected as 1 of 3 finalists for L’Association Internationale de Droit Penal’s Book of the Year Award. During the trial of Saddam Hussein excerpts from the book were translated into Arabic, and in an effort at judicial outreach were read over the radio to the Iraqi people.

Previously McNeal served as an officer in the U.S. Army and as a fellow at the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. In law school he was executive editor on The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Symposium Edition).

Selected Publications:

Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael P. Scharf) Carolina Academic Press, October 2006.

Articles and Book Chapters
“Countering the Cyber Jihad,” 40 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law ___ (2007).

“Unfortunate Legacies: Why the Iraqi High Tribunal Should Reject Hearsay, Ex Parte Affidavits and Anonymous Witnesses,” 3 International Commentary on Evidence ___ (2007).

ICC Inability Determinations in Light of the Dujail Case,” 39 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law ___ (2007).

“Commentary on Judgments of República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Dili District Court, the Special Panels for Serious Crimes and the Tribunal de Recurso – July 2003-2006,” in Annotated Leading Cases of the International Criminal Tribunal, ___ (Andre Klip & Goran Sluiter, eds. 2007).

“The Legal Impact of Counterterrorism on Business,” in Business Continuity and Homeland Security: Theory & Practice (David McIntyre and Bill Hancock, eds. 2007).

“Snatch and Grab Ops: Justifying Extraterritorial Abductions” 16 Iowa Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, ___ (2006) (with Brian Field).

Selected Media Appearances

Radio Interview, “The Danger Zone” WTAM- Washington, DC, regarding the Guantanamo military commissions and habeas corpus.
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Television Appearance C-SPAN Book TV,regarding the trial of Saddam Hussein.
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