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About Us

Founded in April 2009, at the American University Washington College of Law, the National Security Law Brief (NSLB) is the nation’s first student-run law school publication to focus on the rapidly evolving field of national security law.  The NSLB is a digital publication with a complementary blog component, devoted to examining the legal dimensions of United States national security law and policy.  In addition to analyzing traditional security issues such as counterterrorism, intelligence collection, and nuclear proliferation, the NSLB also examines broad legal matters such as soft power, technology, cybersecurity, immigration, and sovereignty.  The NSLB’s inaugural print issue was released in the Summer of 2010, and contained national security law articles written by accomplished professors and practitioners, as well as analytical pieces written by current students.

The NSLB welcomes numerous points of view on national security law issues and encourages students, academics, and practitioners to submit feedback and articles for submission.  Given our location in Washington, DC and our growing relationship with the legal community, we know that the NSLB will continue to serve as an ideal platform for new ideas in national security law.


The National Security Law Brief at American University Washington College of Law is seeking articles for its spring publication with a nexus between law and a pressing national security issue. Articles will ideally analyze an interesting, cutting-edge legal question and include recommendations, solutions, or a call to action. Articles should break down challenging issues into digestible analyses that are accessible to the common reader.

We accept articles covering the broadest range of national security topics including traditional national security, as well as topics in artificial intelligence, industrial security, homeland security, cybersecurity and data security, bio security, corruption, supply chains, food and other vital goods supply, critical infrastructure, emergency management, space law and other emerging fields. This is not an exhaustive list. If your article explains how your issue impacts national security, our editors will consider it for publication.

We ask that submissions include a brief bullet-pointed summary addressing your primary issue, main points, and conclusion. Submit via the Scholastica button or email your article and CV to!


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