Spring 2016 Course Schedule

National Security Law (LAW-635-001)

Meets: 02:00 PM - 03:50 PM (T) - Yuma - Room YT17

Enrolled: 44 / Limit: 50

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In this seminar, we will study, discuss, and debate some of the most contested – and continuously evolving – set of questions about the role of the state, the inherent tensions between protecting the nation’s security and protecting individual liberty, and the search for a balance that ultimately maximize both. Specifically, we will study the claimed authority of the state to kill, detain, prosecute, and surveil in protecting national security – focusing primarily on the U.S. response to the terrorist threat since September 11, but at times looking back in time or across the ocean to gain a broader perspective as well.

Consistent with this approach, the class is divided into four main sections: one on uses of lethal force, one on detention, one on trials, and one on surveillance. We will read a range of materials, including cases, commentary, executive orders, speeches, and statutes. We also will supplement these materials with a discussion of relevant current events, and I expect and encourage you to follow the news and to familiarize yourself with blogs such as Lawfare (http://www.lawfareblog.com) and Just Security (http://justsecurity.org/) that both analyze and report on policy debates of relevance to the issues dealt with in this seminar.

Grades will be based on a two-hour exam, completion of weekly (short) postings regarding the readings, and class participation. Please see the syllabus for further details.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Casebook: Counterterrorism Law
Author: Stephen Dycus et al.
Publisher/Ed: Aspen (2ed. 2012)
ISBN: 9780735598638

Suppl: National Security Law, (5th ed), and Counterterrorism Law (2nd ed), 2015-2015 Supplement
Author: Stephen Dycus et al.
Publisher/Ed: Aspen (2015)
ISBN: 978-1454859161

First Class Readings

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