Curriculum Guide · Courses
U.S. Foreign Relations and National Security Law
J.D. Course 021 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course analyzes the legal issues arising in the conduct of U.S. foreign relations and national security. An important perspective is constitutional—e.g., the distribution of powers among the President, Congress, and the U.S. courts; the roles of the President and Congress in initiating and using military force; and the status of treaties and customary international law as U.S. law. The course will also address a variety of statutory regimes, such as emergency powers. Five or more classes will be devoted to cutting-edge issues - e.g., cyber collection of intelligence, cyber attacks and cyberwarfare, leaks of government documents, drone attacks, and implications of the Kiobel decision on jurisdiction and the Alien Tort Statute. This course is meant to build upon an introductory course in international law.
Strongly Recommended: International Law I: Introduction to International Law or a basic course in international law.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Foreign Relations Law or Constitutional Aspects of Foreign Affairs Seminar.