Center for Terrorism Law

Housed in our state-of-the-art facility at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, the Center for Terrorism Law is a research center dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with both antiterrorism and counterterrorism, with particular emphasis on cyberspace and information assurance technologies.

The goal of the Center is to examine current and potential legal issues related to terrorism in light of the challenge of achieving and maintaining a proper balance between global security and civil justice. This goal is pursued through professional exchanges such as symposia and consultations; writing, commenting on, and publishing written materials; and ensuring access to extensive information resources regarding terrorism.

Research focuses on Federal and State statutes and applicable case law, including, e.g., USA Patriot Act; Homeland Security Act of 2002; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); Privacy Act; Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA); International Security and Development Cooperation Act (ISCCA); Posse Comitatus Act (PCA); Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA); Electronic Communications and Privacy Act of 1986; Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003; Texas Open Records Act; and National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Research is conducted in a variety of associated areas and relates to defining terrorism, war powers, civil liberty concerns, Congressional powers, Executive powers, cooperative law enforcement, military support to law enforcement, Department of Defense responsibilities, Department of Homeland Security, criminal prosecutions of terrorists, various criminal statutes, domestic surveillance, information security, infrastructure assurance, habeas corpus matters, cyber-offenses, investigations of terrorism, public access to government proceedings, etc.

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Organizational Affiliations

The Center for Terrorism Law is supported in part by a subcontract with The University of Texas at San Antonio. Accordingly, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by the Center are those of the Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Similarly, any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed by the Center for Terrorism Law do not reflect the views of any other entity or organization to include St. Mary’s University or St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS)

The Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) is the research arena at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The CIAS is designed to leverage San Antonio’s Infrastructure Assurance and Security (IAS) strengths as part of the solution to the nation’s Homeland Defense needs and deficit of IAS talent and resources. The CIAS has successfully integrated academic, government and industry efforts resulting in a dynamic organization dedicated to infrastructure assurance, research and education. It is the anchor of a collaborative multi-tiered program focused on growing San Antonio’s IAS talent and supporting national IAS Research and Development.

Air Intelligence Agency (AIA)

Air Intelligence Agency with headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was activated Oct. 1, 1993. On Feb. 1, 2001, AIA was realigned under Air Combat Command as a primary subordinate unit and serves as its primary information operations force provider normalizing and synchronizing IO capabilities into the war fighter’s arsenal. The agency’s mission is to deliver multi-source intelligence products, applications, services, and resources. It also provides IO forces and expertise in the areas of information warfare, command and control warfare, security, acquisition, foreign weapons systems and technology, and treaty monitoring, to support Air Force major commands, Air Force components, and joint and national decision makers.

Network Information and Space Security Center (NISSC)

Established at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the NISSC mission is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between its constituencies in the military, industry, academia, and government in order to meet the challenges presented by homeland security and homeland defense.

The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)

The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) was established in 1996 at the academic Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC) in Israel. ICT is unique in that it focuses solely on the subject of counter-terrorism. All of its efforts and resources are dedicated to approaching the issue of terrorism globally – that is, as a strategic problem that faces not only Israel but other countries as well. In today’s global village, regional conflicts extend beyond national borders. The International Policy Institute seeks international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism, paving the way for multilateral action against terrorist networks, benefactors, and states sponsoring terrorism. ICT is a research institute and think tank dedicated to developing innovative public policy solutions to international terrorism. The Institute aims to affect policy at the highest levels, in joint cooperation with the world community.

Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) is an American and Israeli nonprofit corporation created to help organizations succeed and prosper in a world threatened by terrorism.ITRR’s Israeli and American experts provide counter-terrorism training, seminars, and security specialization in dealing with threats such as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), suicide bombers, and other forms of international terror striking both the public and private sector. ITRR established the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) to provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world. With a multilingual team of researchers and analysts, TAM-C gathers and provides intelligence on terrorist activities and plans, information on international hot-spots, historical “red-flag” dates, and real-time security alerts. Operating under the auspices and with the resources of TAM-C, the Ground Truth Network (GTN) leverages ITRR’s international contacts and sources to provide real-time intelligence from the field. In this way, the Ground Truth Network keeps international corporations apprised of threats to their assets and personnel throughout the world.


The Center for Terrorism Law is dedicated to the study of legal issues related to terrorism. The Center operates on grants and donations and is supported in part by a subcontract with the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Any contributions should be by check or money order and made payable to “Center for Terrorism Law, St. Mary’s University.” Contributions are tax deductible, please consult your tax advisor for instructions. We are able to accept donations by credit card. Please contact us by e-mail or call 210-431-2219.

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Center for Terrorism Law
St. Mary’s University
School of Law
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228

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Center for Terrorism Law
St. Mary’s University
School of Law
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228
Phone: 210-431-2219

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