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Foreign Relations Law
LL.M Seminar 089 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This is an advanced course on constitutional principles (separation of powers and federalism) bearing on U.S. foreign relations. It focuses on some of the most challenging issues that have divided the American polity from the inception of the Republic to the present day, e.g., the allocation of foreign affairs power between the Executive and Congress; the scope of Presidential power to protect the nation in times of danger; when the President may lawfully disregard a statute; the proper role of the courts in deciding legal issues relating to national security, particularly where civil liberties are at stake; pre-emption of state law by statute, treaty or executive agreement, and the application of customary international law as part of the domestic law of the United States. The materials include both historical debates and contemporary controversies.
Recommended: There are no prerequisites, but familiarity with basic principles of U.S. government is important.
Students may not receive credit for this course and the J.D. courses, Constitutional Aspects of Foreign Affairs Seminar or U.S. Foreign Relations and National Security Law or Foreign Relations Law.
First class attendance is mandatory. All enrolled and waitlisted students must be in attendance at the start of the first class session in order to be eligible for a seat in the class.