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 David Koplow, Co-Director
Professor David Luban, Co-Director
Nadia Asancheyev, Executive Director
Angelica 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.
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 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.