This past spring the Journal made a mistake in publishing a highly controversial article, Trahison des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column, 3 Nat’l Sec. L.J. 278 (2015), by William C. Bradford, who is currently an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. As the incoming Editorial Board, we want to address concerns regarding Mr. Bradford’s contention that some scholars in legal academia could be considered as constituting a fifth column in the war against terror; his interpretation is that those scholars could be targeted as unlawful combatants. The substance of Mr. Bradford’s article cannot fairly be considered apart from the egregious breach of professional decorum that it exhibits. We cannot “unpublish” it, of course, but we can and do acknowledge that the article was not presentable for publication when we published it, and that we therefore repudiate it with sincere apologies to our readers.
Moving forward, the current Editorial Board is committed to generating legitimate scholarly debate, representing all points of view, in the area of national security law. However, we have learned from this experience, and we recognize the responsibility that attends our publication decisions. The process of selecting articles is one our Editorial Board takes very seriously, and we are re-examining our selection process to ensure that we publish high quality scholarly articles.
National security law is an evolving field, and we are grateful to our readers for providing feedback that helps the Journal grow as an organization. To those who reached out to us, thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable and constructive criticism. We appreciate your ongoing readership and support.
Rick Myers Editor-in-Chief
Additionally, you may find Professor Jeremy Rabkin’s response to the controversial article here.
The National Security Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law has joined the American Bar Association (ABA) as an official sponsor of the 10th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, which will be held Thursday and Friday, August 27-28, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
Please join us for this annual look at the state of security, from infrastructure to exports, immigration to chemical safety, and the roles of the legal profession and different government agencies – including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, the U.S. military, FEMA, and the National Protection and Programs Directorate – in keeping our nation secure. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn 12 hours of CLE credit and network with legal practitioners from government agencies, the military, private practice, and academia.
Registration is free for law students, but advance registration is required. Students should contact the ABA at (202) 662-1582 to register, as complimentary student registration is not available online.
To the great credit and hard work of several members of the current and previous Editorial Boards, we are pleased to announce that past issues of the National Security Law Journal are also now available electronically on HeinOnline. HeinOnline is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection and contains more than 9 centuries of legal history. As a premier research tool, it provides users access to NSLJ issues in a fully-searchable, PDF image-based format. This means that the electronic PDFs will appear as exact page images of the print documents, and all graphs, charts, pictures, and footnotes will appear just as they do in the hard copy.
This is a great milestone for the National Security Law Journal, and the Editorial Board is proud to be able to share it with you. Our hope is that NSLJ’s arrival on HeinOnline will increase our readership and footprint in legal scholarship by further simplifying access to our issues. HeinOnline, however, is a subscription based database. For additional details about HeinOnline, or for subscription options, please visit the HeinOnline website.
This year, the National Security Law Journal received 88 applications through the Write-On competition and the Editorial Board is thrilled to announce NSLJ’s largest Candidate Member class to date. With the addition of such a dedicated and diverse class, the Board is excited to see what these Candidate Members will achieve and looks forward to another successful year!
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