Curriculum Guide · Courses
Law and Terrorism: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives Seminar
J.D. Seminar 1030 (cross-listed) | 1 credit hours
Terrorism against individuals and states has become a serious challenge for civilized societies at the turn of the 21st century - due to the physical threats it poses on the one hand and the fear that taking extreme measures against its perpetrators will overstep democratic values and infringe human rights on the other hand. The course is dedicated to analyzing the ways legal systems perceive terror and try to fight it. The course will use comparative methods, and in this context will evaluate various measures used against terrorists and individuals suspected as being terrorists – focusing on the United States, Canada, England and Israel, but also drawing on the experience of other systems (Germany, India). These measures will be evaluated vis-a-vis concepts of human rights as well as international law. Measures to be discussed include inter alia detentions, the use of physical measures in interrogations, targeted killings of active terrorists, ethnic profiling and more.
Recommended: Constitutional Law.
This class will meet for two weeks in Spring 2012, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., on the following days: Mon., 2/6, Wed., 2/8, Fri., 2/10, Mon., 2/13, and Wed., 2/15. The last class will meet from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/17.