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Fall 2014
5397 National Security Law - BERMAN- 26670

Professor(s): Emily Berman (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  TTH  Location: 1  BLB- Old copy center

Course Outline: This course is an introduction to national security law that will cover presidential and congressional national security powers under the Constitution as well as relevant statutes-such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the USA Patriot Act-regulations, and guidelines. Though the course is not limited to terrorism, terrorism-related issues-particularly post-9/11 counterterrorism policies-will feature heavily. Topics will include the use of military force; domestic and overseas intelligence collection; detention, interrogation, and prosecution (both civilian and military) as national security tools; and access to national security information. We will cover such themes as the allocation of power between Congress and the President on matters of foreign policy and war making, as well as the role of the judiciary in checking the political branches. Grades will be based on an open-book in-class exam.

Course Syllabus: See class postings for most recent syllabus

Class Postings

Course Notes: This course was listed as course # 6242 but has now been changed to a 3 credit hour course.   Professor Emily Berman is the UHLC’s newest tenure-track faculty member. Her bio can be found under Faculty Profiles.


First Day Assignments: For the first day, the assignment has two parts: (1 ) The United States Constitution, especially Articles I & II; and (2) Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (“The Steel Seizure Case”), 343 U.S. 579 (1952) in Dycus et al., National Security Law 5th Edition pages 24-51. Students unsure whether they’re going to keep the class and don’t want to purchase the book yet can easily find both of these readings online (though the case will be unedited and therefore significantly longer).

Class Postings

Final Exam Schedule: 12/09/14 3-6pm  209 BLB    

This course will have:
Exam: Yes

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Course Materials (5/19/2014 9:57:59 AM)

Book(s) Required

Book Required

There will also be a required supplement for this course. However, the supplement will not be available until Fall. The ISBN for the supplement is: 978145484050.