Volumes 6-11

JNSLP is the world’s only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to security law and policy issues such as cybersecurity, torture, teaching national security law, secrecy, and the laws of war.

Reviewers include distinguished members of the journal’s editorial board; law professors; academics from other disciplines; and members of the military, intelligence, law enforcement, and civil liberties communities.


Special Online Issue: Capitol Insurrection 2021

January 6, 2021, was supposed to be the day that Joe Biden became the congressionally certified winner of the 2020 presidential election. Instead, January 6 will be remembered as the day a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. As the mob easily overcame inadequate security, members of Congress and staff feared for their lives.

By any measure, January 6 was a day like no other in American history. The assault on the Capitol attempted to obstruct and thwart one of the fundamentals of our democracy – the peaceful transition of leadership from one elected President to the next. There can be no more direct and significant threat to our national security.

The unprecedented assault on our democracy and the rule of law prompted JNSLP to reach out to our distinguished editorial board. We asked that some of them prepare succinct reactions to January 6 and its significance for our nation. The response from the board was gratifying.

The 10 essays that follow represent a diverse range of opinions and analysis, highly appropriate for an interdisciplinary board of scholars and practitioners. What the essays share, however, is a uniform repulsion at the events of January 6 and the direct threat to our governance that the mob represented.

William C. Banks
Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2021

Volume 11

Vol 11 No. 1—Special Issue on COVID-19 and the Law

As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 erupted and swept the globe in late 2019 and early 2020, a full-blown pandemic quickly and significantly affected the United States. As the public health crisis worsened in the winter and spring of 2020, it soon became clear that our national security institutions and processes were being tested, sometimes in new and unique ways.

A few JNSLP stalwarts commiserated with me about some of the legal and policy issues early on, and by April 2020 we had conceived this Special Issue of the Journal, focused on COVID-19. As the weeks and months passed, it became every more clear that the pandemic was continuing to pose challenges to government performance and national and global economies …

Vol. 11 No. 2

Volume 10

Vol. 10 No. 1—Emerging Technology & Emerging Threats

Vol. 10 No. 2—Nuclear Arms Control

Vol 10 No. 3—Cybercrime

Volume 9

Vol. 9 No. 1—Issue in Lawfare

Vol. 9 No. 2—Emerging Questions

Vol. 9 No. 3—The State of Lawfare

Volume 8

Vol. 8 No. 1—Leaks & Whistleblowers

Vol. 8 No. 2Trials & Terrorism 

Vol. 8 No. 3—Cyberlaw

Volume 7

Vol. 7 No. 1—Legal Review

Vol. 7 No. 2—Big Data

Vol. 7 No. 3—Engaging the Big Issues

Volume 6

Vol. 6 No 1—Executive Power & The Rule of Law

Vol. 6 No. 2—Abuses of Power?

The world's only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to national security law and policy.