Laura K. Donohue, Director
Laura Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. She writes on the history of national security and counterterrorist law in the United States and United Kingdom. Her most recent book, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press, April 2008) analyzes the impact of American and British counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. 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. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 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
After 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 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 Slate.com, 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 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.
Carrie Cordero, Director of National Security Studies
Carrie Cordero joined Georgetown Law as its first Director of National Security Studies. Previously, Professor Cordero served in national security related policy and operational positions with the Department of Justice from 2000-2010, most recently as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. In that capacity, she provided counsel on the National Security Act, the USA Patriot Act, and other relevant laws and executive orders, while serving as co-chair of an interagency group established by the Director of National Intelligence to improve processes related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). She is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Tina Drake Zimmerman, Program Director, LLM in National Security Law
Tina Drake Zimmerman assists all the National Security Law LLM students in planning their academic career and ensuring all requirements are met. Tina was previously the Deputy Director of the Supreme Court Institute. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA as well as an MA in Political Science from Wichita State University.
Kelly Hughes is pursuing her JD at Georgetown University Law Center. Before starting law school, she worked as an editor for the Middle Eastern news websites Mawtani and Al-Shorfa. She received her MA in international affairs from Georgetown and her BA in journalism from the University of Southern California. She has written about Iraqi feminist movements and conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
Katherine McInnis is currently pursuing a JD at the Georgetown University Law Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College in History and Sociology. Katherine has worked with nongovernmental organizations including the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, SisterSong (a national women of color reproductive rights coalition), and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Ryan Sellinger is pursuing his JD as an evening student at Georgetown University Law Center. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After graduation, Ryan worked for nearly two years as a foreign policy staffer for Senator Robert Menendez and spent this past summer as a Law Clerk in the National Security Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Ryan is also currently a Managing Editor of the Journal of National Security Law &Policy.