Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Sem:Political Crime & Terror. (LAW-713-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (T) - Room 351

Enrolled: 6 / Limit: 16

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Legal and Multidisciplinary
Seminar on
Political Crime, Terrorism and Insurgency
In United States and International Law

This is a numerically limited Seminar. But ALL interested students, whether or not currently enrolled in this seminar, are encouraged and invited to attend the Seminar's First Session on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6 p.m. Check with Registrar for Room number.

The Seminar will address the most critical legal, political and military issues affecting both national and international security and public order, in the post Cold War era.

Internal and contagious ethno-religious conflicts are threatening the stability and existence not only of numerous new post-colonial regimes, but also several long-established countries. Increasing demands for greater political, social and economic justice, coupled with evidence of governmental corruption and incompetence, have produced mass resistance, insurgencies and civil wars.

How are the traditional national and international laws to respond to these threats?

The seminar will review the major classes and types of so-called "political offenses": Sedition; Treason; Political Conspiracy, Civil Disobedience (including Draft resistance and Undocumented immigration); Mass Protest, General Strike; Rebellion; Coup d'etat; Insurgency and Terrorism.

The Seminar will concentrate on the makeup of the political offender and their legal status and treatment.

The Seminar will review several of the legal responses and sanctions, remedies and institutions that have emerged and which affect individuals and groups coming within this subject area including: (1) preventive detentions; (2) martial laws; (3) political asylum; (4) extradition; (5) pardons; {6) amnesties; {7) humanitarian interventions; {8) human rights tribunals; {9) First Amendment rights; {10) defenses of necessity, etc.

The Seminar will assess critically legal theories and practices that have been applied to this dramatically evolving, international and national arena of the law. This arena, lodged between "crime" and "war", cannot be adequately dealt with by the traditional criminal justice or the law of war systems.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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1. Nicholas N. Kittrie, Rebels With a Cause: The Minds and Morality of Political Offenders (Westview 2000) [Special inexpensive copies will be made available to seminar students at the first session];

2. Additional Handouts [will be available free on MyWCL]

First Class Readings

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