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

“Generative AI's privacy problem’’

Axios quoted Daniel Solove about generative AI and its use of personal data.

"Conservatives call for Biden to shut down border on his own. Experts say it's not that simple"

Spectrum News quoted Alberto Benitez describing the legal steps in order to control a border and the dangers and criticisms that go along with that control.

"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.

News Stories

Back Row: Senior Judge Bill Annexstad, Senior Judge Natalie Richardson, and Judge Roberto Ramírez Front Row: Christiana Lano, Cathryn Jones, and James Van Drie

U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals Hears Oral Argument at GW Law

Four GW Law students submitted amicus briefs for both parties and appeared before the court for the hearing.

A student, Maj. Gen. Vernon, and Dean Schooner

Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General Discusses Women in Legal Leadership

GW Law celebrated Women's History Month with Maj. Gen. Rebecca Vernon, Air Force Deputy JAG, sharing leadership insights from her distinguished military career.

Students sitting at a table all looking intensely in the same direction

Schenck National Security Crisis Negotiations Competition Recap

The competition aims to introduce first-year students to the world of national security law before their first registration in March.

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