Fall 2022 Course Schedule

National Security: Surveillance & Secrecy (LAW-635B-001)
Alexander Joel

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM (Tu)

Enrolled: 27 / Limit: 35

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The role of lawyers in national security has never been more important, nor more challenging. Democracies around the world face a myriad of ever-changing threats, and governments must find innovative ways to counter those threats. Yet as intelligence and other national security organizations develop and implement measures to protect the nation's security, they run the risk of undermining the nation's core values. The United States has developed a complex legal framework to regulate and oversee how the government conducts national security activities. This framework must both protect the nation's security and the privacy and civil liberties of its people. This course will examine that framework, focusing on the Intelligence Community, surveillance and secrecy.

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First Class Readings

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