Jennifer Daskal

Professor of Law,
Faculty Director, Tech, Law & Security Program

Washington College of Law

American University

4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

(202) 274-4407

Website: American University Faculty Profile

Twitter: @jendaskal

Issues: Privacy and Security

About Jennifer Daskal

Jennifer Daskal is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, Security Program at American University Washington College of Law. She is a globally recognized expert in cyber policy and national security. She teaches and writes in the fields of cybersecurity, national security, criminal and constitutional law. She is currently a New America ASU Future of Security Fellow.


Professor Daskal has been actively involved in discussions around law enforcement access to data across borders, helping to shape the domestic and international debate, and is now bringing those efforts to bear with respect to efforts to regulate hateful speech online. She has testified in Congress multiple times and speaks at global conferences on cyber and tech policy. Her work has been published in the top law journals, including Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review Online, and Harvard Journal of National Security and the Law. Additionally, Professor Daskal has published numerous op-eds, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Slate; and she has appeared on BBC, C-Span, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media outlets. She is an Executive Editor of the Just Security blog, an Advisory Board Member of the Third Way’s Cyber Enforcement Initiative, and an Executive Editor of the Journal on National Security Law and Policy.


From 2009-2011, Professor Daskal worked as the counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Prior to joining the DOJ, Professor Daskal was senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff. She also spent two years as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. From 2016-2017, she was an Open Society Institute Fellow working on issues related to privacy and law enforcement access to data across borders.

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2001
M.A., Cambridge University, 2001
B.A., Brown University, 1994

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