Greg McNeal is a national security specialist focusing on the institutions and
challenges associated with global security, with substantive expertise in national
security law and policy, transnational crime, global policy studies, and international

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. 

Articles (For Recent Updates Visit SSRN.COM)


Kill-Lists and Accountability, Georgetown Law Journal (2013)

This article is a comprehensive examination of the U.S. practice of targeted killings. It is...



The Federal Protective Power and Targeted Killing of U.S. Citizens, CATO Unbound (2011)

In this responsive essay I argue that the Constitution envisions circumstances when the president may...



The Status Quo Bias and Counterterrorism Detention, Northwestern University Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (2011)

Counterterrorism detention policy in the United States is a mess. Commentators on both sides of...



The U.S. Practice of Collateral Damage Estimation and Mitigation, Pepperdine Working Paper (2011)

This paper explains how the U.S. military estimates and mitigates the impact of conventional weapons...



A Cup of Coffee After the Waterboard: Seemingly Voluntary Post-Abuse Statements, DePaul Law Review (2010)

This symposium article focuses on the impact that abusive and coercive interrogation techniques will have...




Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael P. Scharf) (2006)

Saddam Hussein. Derided as the Butcher of Baghdad, the Iraqi leader was toppled from power...


Contributions to Books (For Recent Updates Visit SSRN.COM)


Are Targeted Killings Unlawful? A Case Study in Empirical Claims Without Empirical Evidence, Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World (2012)

Critics of the U.S. policy of targeted killing by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones)...



New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians, Shaping a Global Legal Framework for Counterinsurgency: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare (2012)

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan highlighted the strategic importance of the U.S. commitment to...


The Legal Impact of Homeland Security On Businesses, Business Continuity and Homeland Security: Theory & Practice (2008)

Commentary Regarding the Judgements in República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Dili District Court, the Special Panels for Serious Crimes and the Tribunal de Recurso - July 2003-2006, Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (2008)

This is a case analysis for publication in the multi-volume series Annotated Leading Cases of...



Show Trial or Real Trial? A Digest of the Evidence Submitted During the Prosecution's Case-in-Chief at the Dujail Trial of the Iraqi High Tribunal, Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (2006)

During the trial of Saddam Hussein evidence was largely ignored by media coverage. The media's...


Popular Press


Onus to Protect Identity, The Washington Times (2006)


The Terrorist and the Grid, The New York Times (2005)

MARC Is Off the Mark, The Baltimore Sun (2003)



An Abbreviated Legislative History and Timeline Regarding the Development of Section 949(b) of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (2008)

This document presents an abbreviated legislative history regarding the development of Section 949(b) of the...