Fall 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: National Security Law
Instructor(s): Robert Chesney
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63054
Day & Time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 3:30 PM - 4:56 PM
Room: TNH 2.139
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Description: This survey course examines a host of legal and policy issues associated with the U.S. governmentís national security activities and organizations, with a particular emphasis on legal issues associated with counterterrorism. In significant part, the course will follow a quasi-chronological approach incorporating the following topics: the legal regulation of investigations (including criminal investigative rules and guidelines, national security investigations, and intelligence collection generally); substantive criminal law relating to terrorism; jus ad bellum rules governing the resort to military force and domestic Constitutional rules governing that issue; jus in bello rules governing the use of lethal military force; international and domestic laws relating to military detention; military commissions and other vehicles for the prosecution of war crimes; the current debate regarding national security courts; and the legal regulation of interrogation.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN PROF. SIEVERTíS U.S. LAW & NATL SECURITY COURSE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THIS COURSE; BOTH HAVE OVERLAPPING CONTENT AND MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED FOR CREDIT.

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