Greg McNeal, an associate professor of law at Pepperdine University, has received the 2013 Article of the Year award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law for his article “Targeted Killing and Accountability.”
McNeal’s article, forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal in March, is a comprehensive examination of the U.S. practice of targeted killings. Not only does the article provide the first qualitative empirical accounting of the targeted killing process (i.e. Who creates the kill list? How is a targeted killing executed? How is collateral damage assessed?, etc.), but it also provides the analytical framework to assess accountability for targeted killings and suggests potential reforms that can make the process more accountable.
“My goal when writing this article was to provide a bit of insight and clarity about the legal standards for targeted killings and potential political ramifications of the tactic … I’m both honored and humbled to have been selected by the American Section of the International Association of Penal Law to receive this award,” says McNeal.
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. McNeal hopes the award will help him continue to influence policy. “My article fills a gap in existing literature, and I believe it will enable legal scholars and policymakers to better understand the complex issues associated with targeted killings,” says McNeal.
The Article of the Year award will be presented to McNeal at the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law’s annual meeting on September 21 at Washington University in St. Louis.