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Gregory S. McNeal

Professor of Law and Public Policy
Caruso School of Law



Areas of Expertise

  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Policy
  • Privacy Law
  • Internet Law
  • Blockchain/Web3

Professor Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University. He is an expert on technology law and policy and teaches internet law, privacy law, blockchain law and policy, and other courses related to technology and surveillance.  

His articles have been published by the Georgetown Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy among others.

Dr. McNeal has on multiple occasions testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with emerging technology.  He has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and public policies related to technological advances and has been appointed by Cabinet officials to multiple federal rulemaking and advisory committees.  

In addition to his academic experience, Dr. McNeal has extensive industry experience.  He co-founded a multinational aerospace and defense company, serves on the board of directors of a cleantech and energy company, and is on the advisory board of companies in the blockchain and entertainment industries.  He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, NPR, and many other radio and television programs, and is a frequent keynote speaker about emerging technologies. He is also an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Manager. 

Full Bio


  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • JD, Case Western Reserve University
  • MPA, American University
  • BA, Lehigh University

Research and Scholarship


  • Gregory S. McNeal, Deference, Power and Emerging Security Threats, 95 TEX. L. REV. 631 (2017) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, William Goodwin, & Sezen Jones,  Warrantless Operations of Public Use Drones: Considerations for Government Agencies, 44 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 703 (2017) HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Drones and the Future of Aerial Surveillance, 84 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 354 (2016) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Government-Operated Drones and Data Retention, 72 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 1139 (2015) HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's Interpretive Secrecy Problem, 2 HARV. J. L. & PUB. POL'Y: FEDERALIST EDITION 77 (2014) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Targeted Killing and Accountability, 102 GEO. L. J. 681 (2014) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, The Pre-NSC Origins of National Security Expertise, 44 CONN. L. REV. 1585 (2012) HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, The Status Quo Bias and Counterterrorism Detention, 101 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 855 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, A Cup of Coffee After the Waterboard: Seemingly Voluntary Post-Abuse Statements, 59 DEPAUL L. REV. 943 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Institutional Legitimacy and Counterterrorism Trials, 43 U. RICH. L. REV. 967 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Organizational Culture, Professional Ethics, and Guantanamo, 42 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 125 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Beyond Guantanamo, Obstacles and Options, 103 NW. U. L. REV. COLLOQUY 29 (2008) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal & Brian J. Field, Snatch-and-Grab Ops: Justifying Extraterritorial Abduction, 16 IOWA J. OF TRANSNAT'L L. CONTEMP. PROBS. 491 (2006) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Cyberembargo: Countering the Internet Jihad, 39 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 789 (2007) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, ICC Inability Determinations in Light of the Dujail Case, 39 CASE WESTERN J. INT'L L. 325 (2007) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Unfortunate Legacies: Why the Iraqi High Tribunal Should Reject Hearsay, Ex Parte Affidavits and Anonymous Witnesses, 4 INT'L COMMENT. EVIDENCE 1 (2006) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal & Brian J. Field, Snatch-and-Grab Ops: Justifying Extraterritorial Abduction, 16 IOWA J. OF TRANSNAT'L L. CONTEMP. PROBS. 491 (2006) SSRN HeinOnline


Books and Book Chapters

  • Gregory S. McNeal and Norman Abrams, SUPPLEMENT TO ANTI-TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT (West, 4th ed. 2014)
  • Gregory S. McNeal, New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians, in COUNTERINSURGENCY LAW (William C. Banks ed., 2013) SSRN
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Are Targeted Killings Unlawful? A Case Study in Empirical Claims without Empirical Proof, in TARGETED KILLINGS: LAW AND MORALITY IN AN ASYMMETRICAL WORLD (Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin, & Andrew Altman eds., 2012) SSRN WorldCat
  • Gregory S. McNeal, Analysis of The Judgments in República Democrática De Timor-Leste, Dili District Court, the Special Panels for Serious Crimes, in 16 ANNOTATED LEADING CASES OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS (2009) SSRN