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Current Issues in National Security and Civil Liberties Seminar
J.D. Seminar 348 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This seminar will address current topics in national security and civil liberties. The Supreme Court has said that a state of war does not give the President a blank check when it comes to individual liberties. By contrast, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Attorney General, Francis Biddle, said that “The Constitution has not greatly bothered any wartime President.” This course will examine the trade-offs presented in war and other states of emergency. We will examine such issues as preventive detention, surveillance standards, enemy combatants, military tribunals, the role of international tribunals, the targeting of foreign nationals, and regulation of speech and association.
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights & Liberties.
Students may not receive credit for this seminar and the course, National Security Law and Civil Liberties or Laws of Terrorism Seminar.