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Gregory S. McNeal


Gregory S. McNeal is Senior Fellow in Counterterrorism and International Law and Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mr. McNeal teaches the Case School of Law's Counterterrorism Prosecution Lab, and Advanced Terrorism Prosecution lab (with Institute Director Amos N. Guiora). He instructs and advises students in the development of legal memoranda used by the Office of the Prosecutor for the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions. The work relates to the Guantanamo detainees through the Institute's relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. McNeal was a founding Research Fellow of the Institute for Global Security. He assisted in designing and facilitating the Institute's semesterly counterterrorism simulation and the development of the Institute's strategic plan. He has also advised the staff of Congressional committees and members of both houses of Congress, and helped to write legislation for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. McNeal earned a legal certificate in International Criminal Law from the Istituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali in Siracusa, Italy and worked on international criminal law issues for the trial of Saddam Hussein through the Case School of Law's relationship with the U.S. government's Regime Crimes Liaison Office. He is an expert commentator on the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center's weblog "The Grotian Moment" which he and Professor Michael Scharf established to provide near real time scholarly debate regarding the trial of Saddam Hussein. The site was linked to by all major newspapers, The U.S. Department of Defense, the Library of Congress, PBS, major universities, and top legal web pages such as Jurist, and Opinio Juris. The site received a "Web Winner" award from The Philadelphia Inquirer, the "Website of the Month" award by New York Law School, the "Blog of the Week" award by University of Washington Law School, and was listed as "Blog of the Month" by Catholic University of America.

Mr. McNeal was previously a Guest Lecturer and Instructor in the School of Public Affairs at American University where he co-taught a course on just responses to terrorism. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army, earned a JD from the Case School of Law with honors in International Law, earned a Masters in Public Administration with distinction from American University and a degree in International Relations from Lehigh University. A former Federalist Society Chapter President, McNeal served as Executive Editor on The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Volume 29, No. 1). He has appeared on talk radio as an expert commentator, and represents the Institute in multiple conferences and tabletop simulations related to terrorism and homeland security. His editorials have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Times, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard and The Baltimore Sun. He is co-author of the book Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal.
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