Spring 2021 Course Schedule

National Security Law (LAW-635-001)
Rebecca Hamilton

Meets: 08:00 PM - 09:50 PM ( T)

Enrolled: 20 / Limit: 22

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Welcome! You have chosen a seminar in which we will grapple with some of the most contested issues of our time, focusing on the state’s use of force for the purposes of national security. We will begin the semester with an overview of the constitutional separation of national security powers. Laying the foundation for our subsequent discussions we will look at the various sources of national security power and the constraints upon it. National Security Law is an expansive (and ever-expanding) field. Rather than providing a superficial survey, this course will offer a more in-depth analysis of the use of force, as well as the detention and interrogation power of the U.S. government. Grades will be based on an open-book final exam, completion of CANVAS postings regarding the readings, and class participation – included a mid-semester simulation of a National Security Council Deputies Committee meeting. Please see the syllabus for further details.

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