With rapid advances in the field of robotics, the future possibilities seem endless: driverless cars on the roads, police forces using drones for surveillance, wearable technologies that integrate human and machine, and robots in the workplace – all of which raise questions of human acceptance of robotics in everyday life. The development of drones – along with other forms of robotics for commercial and personal use – in the civilian sector bring up many civil liberties, privacy, legal, and regulatory issues. While innovations in robotics are moving at a rapid pace, the law and regulatory guidelines around these technologies have not. Who will regulate the integration of these technologies into our societies? How will we allocate risk and liability for accidents? And how will the economic benefits of this innovative technology be maximized?

On September 15, Governance Studies at Brookings held a forum focused on the constantly changing landscape of civilian robotics in the United States. A panel of experts shared observations on the differing aspects of legal and regulatory policy surrounding civilian robotics. Event site here.


The Future of Civilian Robotics and Drones


I’ll be presenting at Boston College Law School on Tuesday September 9th.  The title of my presentation is “Domestic Drones and the First Amendment.”  The event will take place at 12:30pm in East Wing 115A and is open to the public.

Drones and the First Amendment



On Monday, September 8th at 1:00pm I’ll be making a presentation at Boston University School of Law.  The title of the presentation is Due Process and the Targeted Killing of American Citizens.  The flier for this event appears below.

Due Process and Targeted Killing of American Citizens

Due Process and Targeted Killing of Americans

Big Business Is Ready for Drones, but What about the Feds?

Big Business Is Ready for Drones, but What about the Feds?

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Greg McNeal Research GrantGreg McNeal, associate professor of law, has received $165,000 from the Carthage Foundation to research the U.S. practice of targeted killings. The research and resulting book will educate policymakers and the public about America’s use of lethal force against suspected terrorists.

Professor McNeal’s research is grounded in the idea that when the United States government kills people on traditional and non-traditional battlefields, bureaucrats play a key role in the killings yet have little visibility into the analytical processes that precede their final decisions. The book will be based on archival and field research and will explain, examine, and offer recommendations for enhancing the success, accountability, and effectiveness of U.S. policies conducted pursuant to America’s new way of warfare.

The research builds upon previous work conducted by Professor McNeal for his article “Targeted Killings and Accountability,” which was featured in the Georgetown Law Journal and won the 2013 Article of the Year award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law. Professor McNeal also recently appeared on MSNBC to discuss the FAA’s selection of civilian drone testing sites in nine states.

Professor McNeal is an expert in international security with an active scholarly agenda focused on national security, warfare, surveillance, and new technologies. Since arriving at Pepperdine, he has twice been called upon to testify before Congress on matters related to national security and frequently consults with elected officials regarding proposed legislation. He recently consulted with and contributed to the development of two U.S. military field manuals aimed at preventing harm to civilians in conflict. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and courses related to national security law and international affairs.

Welcome to the blogosphere Cybersecurity Law and Policy.

A new blog entitled Cybersecurity Law and Policy has just launched, they feature legal news and policy resources for cybersecurity professionals. A necessary addition to the security blog landscape. 


Price Waterhouse Coopers launched an impressive new web video series entitled The Front Line of Fraud & Corruption.  The videos are part of an ongoing series examining how companies can use forensic services to defend against threats, respond to crises, and recover from incidents. While the series is no doubt intended [...]

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued guidance today for businesses struggling to comply with recent updates to the California Online Privacy Protection Act also known as CalOPPA. CalOPPA’s recent updates require that online privacy notices disclose how a site responds to “Do Not Track” signals, and whether third parties may collect [...]

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futureofnationalsecuritylawThe Pepperdine Law Review is pleased to invite you to a symposium on “The Future of National Security Law.” After more than a decade of conflict against al-Qaeda and associated forces, many commentators believe that the separation-of-powers system is under stress; participants in our first panel will discuss the history and the future of separation of powers in the context of national security.

Similarly on the international front, America’s transnational conflict against non-state actors has placed significant strain on international human rights law and the law of armed conflict; our second panel will address whether the existing international regime can effectively regulate modern conflicts. Tying these panels together, John Rizzo, former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of Company Man will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

The symposium will then feature a conversation about whether the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force should be renewed, that conversation will feature Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

The final panel of the day will address national security surveillance and the controversy and challenges that have flowed from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaking of stolen classified documents.

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On February 7, 2014 I will be participating in Loyola Chicago’s National Security and Civil Liberties symposium.  Details appear below.

National Security Law, Policy and Practice:

Are We Safer in 2014 and at What Cost?

The appropriate balance between liberty and security is a legally complicated issue that is both socially and politically charged. In the post-9/11 world of diffused, clandestine, and increasingly powerful and asymmetrical threats from non-state actors, the constitutional equilibrium has shifted, but a new paradigm evades definition in the face of continually shifting threats.  This inaugural symposium hosted by Loyola’s National Security & Civil Rights Program will examine the current state of the constitutional security/liberty equilibrium, including the ongoing developments in the Snowden/NSA revelations; the role of Article III courts; and the economic, political, and moral implications of this debate.  A distinguished group of speakers from around the country will explore these topics and discuss the critical role of lawyers in this process.  



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