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Spring 2009 - Legal Issues in War on Terrorism

Frumkin, Elizabeth

Course ID: 397S  Unique # 28840  Credit Hours: 3
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   Friday 10:30 am - 12:20 pm JON 5.204
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This course is restricted to upper division students only.

This seminar will examine the legal responses to the war on terrorism in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.  It will focus on the emerging jurisprudence that has developed and continues to develop through executive branch documents, congressional actions, and judicial opinions.  In addition to analyzing these recent legal developments, we will also draw upon historical and comparative material to shed light on the respective roles of Congress, the President, and the courts in times of crisis.  While the course focuses primarily on domestic legal responses, we will consider certain international legal norms and the degree to which they are implicated by these domestic responses.  Topics to be explored include whether terrorist acts are crimes or acts of war; the detention of enemy combatants (including U.S.  citizens and foreign nationals); military commissions; coercive interrogation; government surveillance; regulation of speech and association; and whether and to what degree there should be an "emergency exception" to constitutional principles.

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