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Detention in the National Security Setting
J.D. Course 1177 | 2 credit hours
This course will address the evolving law on the detention of terrorist suspects and others raising threats to the national security. A primary focus will be the development of the law governing detention of suspected terrorists in the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit through habeas corpus actions brought after 9/11 by Guantanamo detainees. Topics will also include the historical background of habeas corpus and military detention, the use of preventive detention, the scope of the post-9/11 habeas law beyond Guantanamo, and the prosecutions of terrorism detainees in both federal court and military commissions. The design is to cover the major issues regarding the government’s detention of those suspected of threatening our national security after 9/11.
There are no formal course prerequisites, but it is recommended that students have completed Constitutional Law I; a survey national security course may be helpful but is not essential.
Students may not receive credit for this course and Detention, Trial, and Lethal Targeting in a Post 9/11 World.