Jennifer Daskal

Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Room 334
Phone: 202-274-4407
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Jennifer Daskal joined American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Law. She teaches and writes in the fields of criminal law, national security law, and constitutional law. From 2009-2011, Daskal was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice and, among other things, served on the Secretary of Defense and Attorney General-led Detention Policy Task Force. Prior to joining DOJ, she was the 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 spent two years before joining WCL’s faculty as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.

Daskal is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include Pre-Crime Restraints: The Explosion of Targeted, Non-Custodial Prevention, 99 Cornell L. Rev. 327 (2014), After the AUMF, 5 Harvard Nat'l Sec. L. J. 115 (2014) (co-authored with Steve Vladeck), and The Geography of the Battlefield: A Framework for Detention and Targeting Outside the ‘Hot’ Conflict Zone, 171 Penn. L. Rev. 1165 (2013). Daskal has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, L.A. Times, and Salon.com, and she has appeared on BBC, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media outlets. She is Founding Editor of and regular contributor to the recently launched Just Security blog.



Areas of Specialization

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • National Security Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Constitutional Law

Degrees & Universities

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