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Congrss, Lawmkng, & For Aff (LAW-935-001)
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This course explores each branch of the U.S. federal government and the laws and institutions that govern foreign relations and national security. It places particular emphasis upon the constitutional framework upon which the legislative, executive, and judicial branches shape the nation's security, defense, and foreign policies. We thoroughly examine Congress' law-making and appropriations power, the President's executive power as commander-in-chief and chief diplomat, and the court's power of judicial review and adjudication of disputes. We will debate and make special reference to post-9/11 statutes and related legal developments under the Bush and Obama Administrations and the congresses since 2001. Successful completion of the course enables the practitioner to understand, implement, and shape the legal structure that they might implement, defend, or challenge in the context of the nation's security policy.
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