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Current Issues in National Security and Civil Liberties Seminar
Professor David Cole
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: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights & Liberties.
Special Note for LL.M. Students: During preregistration, enrollment in the LAWG section of this course is limited to LL.M. students in the National Security Law degree program. All other LL.M. students will have the opportunity to enroll or add themselves to the waitlist for this course during add/drop.