The Law Center has launched a new database devoted to materials related to the state secrets privilege. This evidentiary privilege, which has been widely discussed in legal scholarship and news media in the past few years, allows for the exclusion of evidence from litigation if its disclosure will have an adverse effect on national security. Georgetown Law Professor Laura Donohue, who has written extensively on the privilege and on national security law generally, and Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law, have been collecting case law, litigation documents, executive branch materials, news articles, and scholarly works related to the privilege.
This material is now publicly available through the Georgetown Law State Secrets Archives. The documents are fully searchable, and organized by subject, jurisdiction, government position, and disposition of the state secrets claim. The database is intended for use by scholars and students, as well as journalists and other researchers, and is the largest online collection of state secrets material