National Security, Cybersecurity, & Foreign Relations Law

Areas of Study

National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations

This practice area explores the nature and origins of the federal government's foreign relations powers, and U.S. law implementing international law, and the U.S. law of national security and counterterrorism.

LLM, MSL, and JD Concentration

National Security & Cybersecurity

This practice area has evolved with the world's increased connectivity through the use of modern technology and cyberspace and the accompanying growing vulnerabilities from physical and cyber threats.

LLM, MSL, and JD Concentration

About Us

Learn more about our diverse and experienced National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations Law faculty.

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Cover of GW Law Magazine Summer 2022

Stretching National Security Law's Reach

National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations law program launches new degrees and online courses. GW Law is expanding its national security law offerings with two groundbreaking MSL programs at the cutting edge of cybersecurity. View Magazine


Sasha Baker

GW Law Hosts DOD Officials Roundtable on Civilian Harm

Associate Dean for National Security, Cybersecurity, & Foreign Relations Law Lisa Schenck hosted a roundtable discussion on armed conflict and civilian protection with Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Sasha Baker, and other leading experts. View Article

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National Security Junior Attorney Alumni Panel

GW Law's National Security Law Association and National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations law program held a Junior National Security Attorney Alumni Panel with recent GW Law graduates to share their experiences. View Article

Upcoming Events

The National Security Law Program holds several events throughout the semester. Please check back for new events. 


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Faculty in the News

"Father of Parkland shooting victim sues U.S. over gun laws"

UPI quoted Arturo Carrillo about the importance of international human rights and protection from gun violence.

"Face Search Engine PimEyes Blocks Searches of Children’s Faces"

The New York Times quoted Daniel Solove in an article discussing the violation of privacy new technology poses on search engines.

"Biden Should Deport Prince Harry to Kick Off Immigration Crisis Crackdown"

Alberto Benitez was quoted by the Washington Examiner about Prince Harry’s prior drug use and his application to reside in the United States.

"The Scorched-Earth Legal Strategy Corporations Are Using to Silence Their Critics"

Ralph Steinhardt was quoted by the Intercept about companies using the civil provisions of RICO to charge their critic’s opposing attorneys with racketeering.

"'It Was All a Lie' | Migrants Say They're Being Misled Into Going to DC, But it Remains Unclear if That's Illegal"

Alberto Benítez appeared on WUSA9 to discuss the legality of state governors from Florida and Texas transporting migrants out of state to DC & Martha’s Vineyard.

News Stories

A photo collage featuring an exterior GW Law sign, Grady Stevens, Hunter Evans, and Tei Kim on the first row. The second row is of the Army salute,  Luke Schlobohm, Austin Newman, and a fighter jet flying. 2023 JAG Corps Selectees

GW Law's Military Ties and National Security Program Fuel JAG Corps Success

GW Law's military ties and National Security program lead to high JAG Corps selections, providing crucial support for students.

Professor Dan Richard and Eric O'Neill talking in front of a room of listeners

The GW Law Student Who Caught a Spy in the FBI

Former FBI agent and GW Law alumnus Eric O'Neill discusses catching Russian spy Robert Hanssen and shares insights on intelligence, and AI.

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Professor Laura A. Dickinson on the War in Afghanistan

Professor Dickinson answered a couple of questions regarding her publication "Over-the-Horizon Drone Strikes in an Ongoing Global War: Afghanistan and Beyond."

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