Gregory S. McNeal


Professor Gregory S. McNeal, JD/Phd, is a Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He 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.

He completed his B.A. at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, his M.P.A. at American University, and J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. Greg received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.