Laura K. Donohue

Laura K. Donohue, JD, PhD

Fellow at CISAC and at the Center for Constitutional Law at Stanford Law School

600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Research Interests

counterterrorist law in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey and Israel; national security and individual rights


Laura Donohue is Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School.  She was a fellow at CISAC and at Stanford Law School's Center for Constitutional Law. At Stanford, Donohue's research focused on national security and counterterrorist law in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Israel, and the Republic of Turkey.

 During 2008-09, she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Senior Judge in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Prior to Stanford, Donohue was a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she served on the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness and the International Security Program. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, "Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism." At Stanford, Donohue directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. She has written numerous articles on counterterrorism in liberal, democratic states.

In 2008, Cambridge University Press published The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty, in which Donohue analyzed the impact of British and American counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. She also wrote Counter-terrorist Law and Emergency Powers in the United Kingdom 1922-2000.

Donohue obtained her AB (with honors, in philosophy) from Dartmouth College, her MA (with distinction, in war and peace studies) from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. She received her JD (with distinction) from Stanford Law School.