Fall 2019 Course Schedule

National Security Law (LAW-635-001)
Alex Joel

Meets: 02:00 PM - 03:50 PM (W) - Yuma - Room Y403

Enrolled: 44 / Limit: 45

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Examination of the key legal principles, policies, and requirements that apply to the government’s efforts to protect the nation’s security. The course will first review the structure and activities of intelligence agencies, and then examine the relevant constitutional framework, the collection and use of information for national security purposes, and the protection and release of classified information. The course will be taught from the perspective of a national security law practitioner, and will highlight recent national security legal issues, with a particular emphasis on privacy and transparency.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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• Stephen Dycus et al, National Security Law (6th ed. 2016).

• Stephen Dycus et al, Supplement: National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law (2018-2019).

• The syllabus below includes links to materials available on the Internet. In addition, certain materials are posted on MyWCL

First Class Readings

a. NSL:

• 1419-1422 (Constitution Articles I and II)

• 489-490

• 503-508 (stop at NSC)

• 509 (Chart)

• 511-529

b. Other Readings:

• IC Governance Fact Sheet (2 pages) https://www.dni.gov/files/CLPT/documents/Fact_Sheets/IC-Governance-Fact-Sheet.pdf

• Skim:

- Summary of CIA’s Attorney General-Approved Procedures under EO 12333 https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/privacy-and-civil-liberties/Detailed-Overview-CIA-AG-Guidelines.pdf

- Chart of EO 12333 AG-approved Guidelines https://www.dni.gov/files/CLPT/documents/Chart-of-EO-12333-AG-approved-Guidelines_May-2017.pdf

• Quickly browse the following websites:

- www.intelligence.gov. In particular, skim content on Mission and How the IC Works. Take the Myths vs. Facts quiz (not the “text only version”). Follow a link to an agency’s website and quickly skim it.

- www.icontherecord.tumblr.com. In particular, skim the Guide to Posted Documents https://www.dni.gov/files/CLPT/documents/Guide_to_Posted_Documents_June__19_2019.pdf (this is a quick reference guide to relevant national security legal documents that the government has officially released)


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