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 constitutional law, legal history, emerging technologies, and national security law. Her most recent book, The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2016), was awarded the 2016 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. She also has written 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). 

Professor Donohue’s articles have been published by California Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewHarvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and numerous other scholarly journals.

In November 2015, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appointed her as one of five amici curiae under the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act.

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


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Laura K. Donohue, Public Versus Private Space: State Drone Law as the Touchstone of Reasonableness, Am. Crim. L. Rev. (forthcoming).
Laura K. Donohue, Network Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Amici Curiae Brief of Professors of Federal Courts Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, and Immigration Law in Support of Respondents, Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-965 (U.S. Mar. 30, 2018).

Congressional Testimony

Examining Warrantless Smartphone Searches at the Border: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fed. Spending Oversight & Emergency Mgmt. of the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Affairs, 115th Cong., July 11, 2018 (Statement of Laura K. Donohue) (CIS No.: 2018-S481-186537).

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters & Collected Works

Laura K. Donohue, A Tale of Two Sovereigns: Federal and State Use and Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, in Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Kimon P. Valavanis & George J. Vachtsevanos eds., Springer International Publishing AG 2d ed. forthcoming). [Gtown Law] [SSRN]