Thursday: Georgetown Law Launches Searchable Foreign Intelligence Law Collection

May 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 23, Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and the Law will host a breakfast briefing to launch the Foreign Intelligence Law Collection.


In an effort to increase transparency and understanding of the U.S. foreign intelligence legal framework, Georgetown Law Professor Laura Donohue has spearheaded the creation of Georgetown Law’s new Foreign Intelligence Law Collection. With the controversial Section 215 and other provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) due to sunset later this year, the new Collection offers a broad range of resources for journalists and others to better understand the law.

Until now, there has been no central resource cataloguing the declassified and redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR) opinions and orders. Nor has a single place housed the fourteen laws amending FISA, their legislative histories, and the associated regulatory materials—much less the myriad, statutorily-required reports on how the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and others have implemented their powers under the Act.

This new, text-searchable database will house all publicly available FISC and FISCR opinions and orders, the statutes amending FISA, legislative histories of all statutory changes to FISA, all reports issued on the implementation of the law, all FISA–related cases in non-specialized Article III courts, and an annotated bibliography of select secondary sources related to FISA, the FISC/FISCR and foreign intelligence law.

A moderated discussion will provide an overview of the new Collection and the material it houses, as well as guidance on the new catalogue system developed to facilitate the site’s use by judges, clerks, lawyers, lawmakers, scholars, journalists and members of the public.


Professor Laura K. Donohue
Agnes N. Williams Research Professor
Director, Center on National Security and the Law | Director, Center on Privacy & Technology

Jeremy McCabe
Research Services Librarian, Georgetown Law Library

Carrie F. Cordero (moderator)
Senior Fellow and General Counsel, Center for a New American Security
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law


Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Light breakfast served


Georgetown Law
McDonough Building, Room 200
600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001


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