Douglas Cox is an attorney and Law Library Professor at the City University of New York School of Law. His research focuses on the intersection of information policy and national security, including laws governing the preservation and destruction of government records and archives, classified information, FOIA, and the legal status of documents captured in armed conflict. He previously practiced law with Allen & Overy in London and New York where he specialized in cross-border legal issues and litigation. He has represented detainees in Guantanamo Bay and previously worked in military intelligence in the U.S. Army. CV.

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"Does Trump's Team Have a Clinton Email Problem?," Op-Ed, CNN, Sep. 27, 2017.

"'I Want My File': Surveillance Data, Minimization & Historical Accountability," 51 Richmond Law Review 827-855 (2017).

"Revisiting the Law & Politics of Compromise," in Displaced Archives 196-214 (James Lowry ed., 2017).

"FBI Report's Striking Revelations on Hillary Clinton," Op-Ed, CNN, Sep. 3, 2016.

"FBI Demolishes Hillary Clinton's Email Defense," Op-Ed, CNN, July 6, 2016.

"Hillary Clinton's Shrinking Email Defense," Op-Ed, CNN, May 26, 2016.

"Why Federal Agencies Must Still Preserve (and Should Finally Read) the SSCI Torture Report," Op-Ed, Just Security, May 20, 2016.

"How Serious is the Clinton Email Controversy?," Op-Ed, CNN, July 27, 2015.

"Off the Record: The National Security Council, Drone Killings & Historical Accountability," 31 Yale Journal on Regulation 363-400 (2014) (with Ramzi Kassem).

"The Lost Archives of Noriega: Emancipating Panamanian Human Rights Documents in U.S. Military Custody," 32 Boston University International Law Journal 57-89 (2014).

"In the Trenches: Archival Ethics, Law and the Case of the Destroyed CIA Tapes," 22 Journal of Information Ethics, Fall 2013, at 90-101.

"The NSC, Drone Killing Accountability and New FOIA Litigation," Op-Ed, JURIST, Aug. 2, 2013 (with Ramzi Kassem).

"The CIA and the Unfinished National Archives Inquiry," Op-Ed, JURIST, Oct. 3, 2012.

"Finding Kuwait's Missing National Archives," Op-Ed, JURIST, Jan. 23, 2012.

"The Noriega File," Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 2011.

"Burn After Viewing: The Destroyed Abu Zubaydah Tapes and the Law of Federal Records," 5 Journal of National Security Law & Policy 131-177 (2011).

"National Archives and International Conflicts," 74 American Archivist 451-481 (2011).

"'Inalienable' Archives: Korean Royal Archives as French Property Under International Law," 18 International Journal of Cultural Property 409-423 (2011).

"Of Wikileaks, Security Clearances, and How Both Could Hamper Your Career," Chronicle Review, Aug. 21, 2011.

"Archives and Records in Armed Conflict: International Law and the Current Debate over Iraqi Records and Archives," 59 Catholic University Law Review 1001-1056 (2010).


Joshua Eaton, "CIA Argued Torture Session Were Actually Business Meetings So It Could Destroy Videotapes," Think Progress, Mar. 20, 2018.

John Kruzel, "What Does the Law Say About Donald Trump's Deleted Tweets?," PolitiFact, Sep. 27, 2017.

Adam Klasfeld, "Endangered Torture Report Sparks Shock, Anger and Suit," Courthouse News Service, Jun. 6, 2017.

Tara Palmeri, "Need to Reach Trump? Call Rhona," Politico, Mar. 26, 2017.

Erik Wemple, "Does Stephen Bannon Text Paul Ryan?," Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2017.

Lauren Carroll, "George Takei Says White House Removed Pages About Climate Change, Civil Rights from Website," PolitiFact, Jan. 23, 2017.

Maria Sanchez Diez, "Con faltas y a lo loco: por que Trump no podrá borrar sus tuits con insultos y errores ortográficos cuando sea presidente," Univision Noticias, Jan. 4, 2017.

Elizabeth Holtzman, "President Obama Can Help Prevent Torture from Making a Comeback," The Nation, Dec. 8, 2016.

Jeff Stein, "There's No Hillary Clinton 'Email Scandal.' There are Four of Them. Or Maybe Six. Or None," Vox, Sep. 13, 2016.

Nick Fouriezos, "Clinton's Emailgate and the Long History of Missing Documents," Ozy, Sep. 2, 2016.

Julian Hattem, "Email Story Won't End for Clinton," The Hill, Jun. 30, 2016.

David Smith, "Could Hillary Clinton Really Be Indicted Over Her Emails?," The Guardian, Jun. 10, 2016.

Marcy Wheeler, "NSA Kills People Based on Metadata, But Can't Preserve Its Own Personnel Metadata for a Simple FOIA," Emptywheel, Jun. 4, 2016.

Lauren Carroll, "Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton's Claim that Her Email Practices Were 'Allowed,'" PolitiFact, May 31, 2016.

Michael Isikoff, "Senate Sleuths Focus on Ex-State Department Aide in Clinton Email 'Cover-up,'" Yahoo News, May 27, 2016.

Ed Silverstein, "Info Gov Lessons Learned From the Clinton Email Controversy," Legaltech News, May 25, 2016.

Michael Isikoff, "'Urgent' Action Needed to Preserve CIA Torture Documents, Groups Warn," Yahoo News, May 20, 2016.

Sadie Levy Gale, "CIA 'Mistakenly' Destroys Copy of 6,700-page US Torture Report," The Independent, May 17, 2016.

Michael Isikoff, "Senate Report on CIA Torture is One Step Closer to Disappearing," Yahoo News, May 16, 2016.

David J. Lynch & Courtney Weaver, "Hillary Clinton Private Email Server Problems Split Opinions," Financial Times, May 1, 2016.

Jason Leopold, "While US Attorney General, Eric Holder Used Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Birth Name as his Official Email Address," Vice News, Feb. 25, 2016.

Josh Gerstein, "Court: National Security Council Off-Limits Under FOIA," Politico, Jan. 26, 2016.

Adam Klasfeld, "FOIA-Proof Council Can Shield Drone-Strike Info," Courthouse News Service, Jan. 26, 2016.

Lauren Carroll, "At Democratic Debate, Clinton Said Private Email Use was 'Allowed'," PolitiFact, Oct. 16, 2015.

Lauren Walker, "Emad Hassan and Al-Qa'idah: How a Misunderstanding Led to Years at Guantanamo," Newsweek, Sep. 10, 2015.

Marc Bassets, "El caso de los 'emails' lastra la campaña de Hillary Clinton," El Pais, Sep. 7, 2015.

Margaret Hartmann, "Could Hillary Clinton Face Criminal Charges Over Emailgate?," New York Magazine, Aug. 21, 2015.

Deroy Murdock, "Clinton's Attempt to Laugh Off the FBI Investigation of Her Falls Flat," National Review, Aug. 20, 2015.

Linda Qiu, "Rand Paul Attacks Hillary Clinton's Use of Personal Email on Fox News Sunday," PolitiFact, July 26, 2015.

Jonathan Allen, "Why Reporters Won't Find Anything Damning in Hillary Clinton's Emails," Vox, July 1, 2015.

Jon Greenberg, "Mitt Romney Said Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails that were Subject to Congressional Review," PolitiFact, Apr. 12, 2015.

Lauren Carroll, "Hillary Clinton's Email: Did She Follow All the Rules?," PolitiFact, Mar. 12, 2015.

Alex Rogers & Michael Scherer, "Republicans in Congress Focus on Possible Gaps in Hillary Clinton Emails," Time, Mar. 9, 2015.

Julian Hattem, "Hillary's Emails 'Not Technically Illegal,'" The Hill, Mar. 3, 2015.

David Welna, "The CIA Wants to Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast,'" All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Nov. 20, 2014.

Tim Cushing, "Small Change to National Archivist's Powers May Keep Government Agencies from Destroying Embarrassing Documents," Techdirt, Nov. 20, 2014.

Danny Biederman & Noel Brinkerhoff, "Approval of CIA Plan to Allow Destruction of Emails Triggers Alarm," AllGov, Nov. 18, 2014.

Adam Klasfeld, "Furor Over CIA Shake-Up of Email System," Courthouse News Service, Nov. 7, 2014.

Josh Gerstein, "Lawsuit Seeks to Restore FOIA Access to NSC Records," Politico, Aug. 6, 2013.

Von Martin Kilian, "Der Unterschied Zwischen Meili und Snowden," Tages-Anzeiger, July 16, 2013.

Timothy Geigner, "Edward Snowden, Michael Meili, and the United States Hypocrisy on Whistleblowers," Techdirt, July 16, 2013.

Adrian Chen, "The Time the U.S. Gave Asylum to a Guy Who Leaked Classified Documents," Gawker, July 15, 2013.

Aristides Cajar Paez, "Los archivos del miedo," La Prensa, Mar. 17, 2012.

John Cook, "Rick Santorum's Wikileaks," Gawker, Mar. 6, 2012.

Benjamin Wittes, "Douglas Cox on Alsabri," Lawfare, Feb. 15, 2012.

Michael Isikoff, "CIA Faces Second Probe Over Videotape Destruction," NBC News, Nov. 10, 2010.

Emily DePrang, "Truth Comes a Bit Closer," Texas Observer, Apr. 20, 2007.

Wade Goodwyn, "Exhibit Brings Detainees 'Pictures from Home,'" National Public Radio, Apr. 5, 2007.

Stacy Sullivan, "The Minutes of the Guantanamo Bay Bar Association," New York Magazine, June 19, 2006.

The Brian Lehrer Show, "Detention Tension," National Public Radio, WNYC, Mar. 4, 2006.

Marianne McCune, A Guantanamo Diary: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, National Public Radio, WNYC, Oct. 19-21, 2005.

Kari Lydersen, "Gitmo Captives Say Medical Personnel Approved, Participated in Abuses," The New Standard, Aug. 3, 2005.

Neil A. Lewis, "In Rising Numbers, Lawyers Head for Guantanamo Bay," New York Times, May 30, 2005.

Mark Fass, "N.Y. Attorneys Get Firsthand Look at Guantanamo Conditions," New York Law Journal, Feb. 28, 2005.