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. She writes on political theory, public law, constitutional law, federal courts, intelligence law, national security, and legal history. Her work on new and emerging technologies centers on social media, biometric identification, augmented and virtual reality, sensors, artificial intelligence, and drones.

Professor Donohue’s articles have been published by the California Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Supreme Court Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Yale Law Journal Online, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Harvard National Security Journal, and numerous other scholarly journals. In 2016, her book, The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2016), won the 2016 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. She also wrote The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2008); and Counterterrorist Law and Emergency Law in the United Kingdom 1922-2000 (Irish Academic Press, 2007).

In November 2015, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) appointed her as one of five amici curiae under the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act. She continues to serve in that capacity for the FISC and for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; an Advisory Board Member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security; and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She served as Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Task Force on Border Searches of Electronic Devices. At Georgetown Law, she is a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Constitution.

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.


Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Laura K. Donohue, Surveillance, State Secrets, and the Future of Constitutional Rights, 2022 Sup. Ct. Rev. 351-411. [Gtown Law] [W] [L] [SSRN]
Laura K. Donohue, The Common Law and First Amendment Qualified Right of Public Access to Foreign Intelligence Law, 112 Geo. L.J. 271-347 (2023). [Gtown Law] [W] [L] [SSRN]
Laura K. Donohue & Jeremy McCabe, Federal Courts: Article I, II, III, and IV Adjudication, 71 Cath. U. L. Rev. 543-621 (2022).
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U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief for Professor Laura K. Donohue as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Wikimedia Found. v. Nat’l Sec. Agency/Cent. Sec. Serv., No. 22-190 (U.S. Sept. 29, 2022). [WWW] [W] [L]

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Laura K. Donohue, Correlation and Constitutional Rights, in Without Trimmings: The Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy of Matthew Kramer (Mark McBride & Visa A.J. Kurki eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2022).
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