Spring 2022 Course Schedule

National Security Law: Use of Force (Online) (LAW-635A-E001)
Rebecca Hamilton

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (W)

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 22

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In this seminar, which will be presented in a fully online modality through CANVAS and Zoom, we focus on the state's use of force for the purposes of national security. We begin with an overview of the constitutional separation of national security powers. We look at the various sources of national security power and the constraints upon it. Rather than providing a superficial survey, this course will offer a more indepth analysis of the use of force, as well as U.S. detention and interrogation power.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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• Stephen Dycus et al, National Security Law (7 ed. 2020) (“NSL”) • CANVAS: I will post additional readings on CANVAS

First Class Readings

Part I – Powers and Constraints in National Security 1. Jan. 12: Introduction • NSL 1325 – 1328 (U.S. Constitution, Art. I-II) • Optional: NSL Ch. 2. • CANVAS o Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v Sawyer (Steel Seizure case)


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