Curriculum Guide · Courses
Domestic Preparedness: Law, Policy, and National Security
Professor A. Cohn
LL.M Seminar 887 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course presents a survey of law and policy issues relating to preparedness and response for disasters and emergencies, including terrorist acts, natural disasters, and other incidents, and the intersection of domestic preparedness with national security. The goal of the course is to teach both the Constitutional and legal theory and the policy and operational practicality of domestic preparedness and response. The course focuses on the major challenges in the law of preparedness and response: How did national emergency management strategy, policy, and doctrine evolve to its current form? How does the U.S. Constitution allocate roles and responsibilities between the Federal government and the States, and how well does that align with public perception of roles and responsibilities? What are the Federal government’s powers and authorities? What is the proper role of the military in domestic preparedness and major incident response, and do current legal authorities support that role? How does the Federal government ensure national preparedness? What specific authorities apply to national security emergency preparedness? What mechanisms—public and private—ensure private sector preparedness? Ultimately, students completing the course should both understand the theories and concepts of the law and be able to apply those theories and concepts in practice as government lawyers or policymakers or as counselors to individuals and businesses impacted by issues of preparedness and response. Students curious about disaster preparedness and response may also find the course of general interest. Foreign-educated graduate students may find this course useful and may write papers comparing systems or issues in their home country to the U.S.
Students may not receive credit for this course and National Security Crisis Law.
Foreign-educated graduate students may find this course useful and may write papers comparing systems or issues in their home country to the U.S.