Damon A. Terrill

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Adjunct Fellow

Expertise European Union and German affairs; EU law; transatlantic relations; international and national security/foreign affairs law; and international economics and finance

Damon Terrill is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for International Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Integrated DNA Technologies (“IDT”) in Coralville, Iowa. Mr. Terrill joined the company in early 2006 to manage IDT’s increasingly complex international legal, regulatory, and public policy interests as it has grown into a multinational corporation. He also serves as Managing Director of IDT’s European operating subsidiary in Belgium, and leads IDT’s work with other biotechnology companies in cooperative efforts with the U.S. and other governments on biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Terrill earned his M.A. in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, where he was a Hurst Scholar and fellow. He received his JD from New York University School of Law and was Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy.

A specialist in European and international legal affairs, Mr. Terrill served as a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation at the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bonn, and with the Ministry of Economic and European Union Affairs in Schwerin. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Terrill was an associate in the Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium offices of the international law firm Clifford Chance, where his work focused on market access and investment matters in and between the U.S. and EU.

Mr. Terrill speaks German fluently.

In the fall of 2002, Mr. Terrill joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, in Washington. Before working with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he handled the European Union and former Yugoslavia portfolios, Mr. Terrill’s responsibilities included international child abduction and “temporary refuge” matters, in connection with which he earned the Department’s Superior Honor Award in 2005. He also served as the Press Affairs Officer from 2003 through 2005.

Mr. Terrill has taught European Union Law, international law, and international affairs at George Mason University School of Law, George Washington University, and at the School of International Service.

His areas of expertise include: European Union and German affairs; EU law; transatlantic relations; international and national security/foreign affairs law; and international economics and finance.

From 2004 Mr. Terrill has been an active member of what is now the National Security Network (NSN), led by Rand Beers. He has helped to direct NSN’s efforts to promote progressive ideas in the national security and foreign policy debate by bringing NSN’s work to battleground states, including Iowa. In 2007, Mr. Terrill ran NSN’s presidential candidate forum in Iowa, hosting five of the seven Democratic candidates for national security forums in the state. During the summer and fall of 2008, Mr. Terrill directed NSN’s “rapid response” outreach to candidates and opinion leaders in Iowa on national security and foreign policy issues, and led NSN’s statewide experts speaker series, which brought nine leading specialists to Iowa for multicity tours and multiple media appearances.

Mr. Terrill is most recently the author of Restoring the Rule of Law to American National Security and Foreign Policy, the American Security Project (, November 2008.

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