Laura K. Donohue, Director


Laura K. Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, Director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law, and Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology. Professor Donohue writes on U.S. Constitutional Law, American and British legal history, and  national security and counterterrorist law in the United States and United Kingdom. She is currently working on The Future of Foreign Intelligence (Oxford University Press, 2015), focusing on the Fourth Amendment and surveillance in a digital world.  Prior to this, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2008) looked at the impact of American and British counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech, while Counterterrorist Law and Emergency Law in the United Kingdom 1922-2000 (Irish Academic Press, 2007) concentrated on measures introduced to address violence in Northern Ireland.  Her articles have examined, inter alia, the doctrine of state secrets; the advent of remote biometric identification; Executive Order 12,333 and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; extended detention and interrogation; terrorist trials; antiterrorist finance and material support; synthetic biology, pandemic disease, and biological weapons; scientific speech; and the history of quarantine law.

Professor Donohue has held fellowships at Stanford Law School’s Center for Constitutional Law, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Fellow in the International Security Program as well as the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism. She took up the award at Stanford, where she taught in the Departments of History and Political Science and directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. In 2008–09 she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and a Member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security.  She also is currently serving as a Member of the National Academy of Science's Forum on Synthetic Biology, and she is a Senior Scholar at Georgetown Law's Center for the Constitution.

Professor Donohue obtained her AB in Philosophy (with Honors) from Dartmouth College, her MA in Peace Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, her JD (with Distinction) from Stanford Law School, and her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, England.

Professor David Koplow, Co-Director

David KoplowAfter graduating from Yale Law School in 1978, Professor Koplow served first as an attorney-advisor, then as special assistant to the Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He has also served as secretary of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security and as a member of the Policy Board of Legal Counsel for the Elderly and the steering committee of Section 2 of the D.C. Bar. He has been at GULC since 1981. From 1997-99, while on leave from the Law Center, he served as Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) at the Department of Defense. Professor Koplow teaches International Law I, and a seminar in the area of national security, arms control and non-proliferation. He also directs a clinic, the Center for Applied Legal Studies, which practices in the field of political asylum. He has written in the areas of international law, U.S. foreign affairs law, and arms control, especially regarding verification of compliance with arms control treaties.

Professor David Luban, Co-Director

David LubanDavid Luban is University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown Law, and the Acting Director of Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law. His recent scholarship concerns international criminal law, just war theory, human rights, and the US torture debate. He is also an award-winning scholar of legal ethics. He has published more than 150 articles; his books have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. They include Lawyers and Justice (1988), Legal Modernism (1993), Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (2007) and, most recently, International and Transnational Criminal Law (2010) (with Julie O'Sullivan and David P. Stewart). Luban has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has been visiting professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow in Legal Ethics at Yale Law School, and Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School. In spring 2011, he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. Luban has written for, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times; he is a member of the group legal blog Balkinization. He is a frequent speaker at universities in the United States, and has lectured in ten other countries. Luban served on the DC Bar's legal ethics committee, and chaired the Professional Responsibility Section of the Association of American Law Schools as well as the American Philosophical Association's committee on law and philosophy. In 2010 he participated in the Department of Defense's Cross-Domain Deterrence Initiative.  His courses include:  Legal Justice; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights; Just and Unjust Wars; Transnational Legal Theory; Advanced Legal Ethics.

Nadia Asancheyev, Executive Director

Nadia AsancheyevNadia Asancheyev joined the Center from private practice in New York, where she was a litigator focusing on white collar criminal defense. Previously, Nadia was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Owen, on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has extensive experience in a variety of national security concerns, including the state secrets privilege, Guantanamo detainee issues, including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and on behalf of four Chinese Uighur detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo. Nadia holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

ZolnierowitzAngelica Zolnierowicz, Acting Deputy Director

Angelica Zolnierowicz received her LL.M. in National Security Law and Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016.  She was also LL.M Editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

Angelica graduated from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 2015. In addition to her Juris Doctor, she was awarded a Certificate in Comparative & International Business and Trade Law after studying at The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Prior to law school, Angelica was awarded a Master of Arts in International Affairs in January 2011 and also a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University in 2008.

Research Assistants

Ben Jacobson

Ben Jacobson is pursuing a JD at Georgetown University Law Center, and interning with the Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section. Prior to law school, Ben spent three years as an analyst for the Department of Defense and one year in professional theatre in Chicago as a dramaturg, sound designer, and audio engineer. Ben received his BA in history and minor in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received the 2010 Martha Bell Barrett Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis.

Elkin Girgenti

Elkin Girgenti is pursuing a JD at Georgetown University Law Center, and interning with the Department of Justice, National Security Division, Office of Law and Policy. She is also a Senior Annual Survey Editor for the American Criminal Law Review. Elkin will be a summer associate this year in the litigation department of a private law firm in DC. During her 1L summer and 2L fall Elkin was an honors intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She received her BA in English and minor in leadership and social change from Virginia Tech, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.