National Security Law

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 48/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course surveys the framework of domestic and international laws that variously authorize and constrain the U.S. government’s effort to combat threats to the nation. "National security" can mean many things, but this course will focus primarily on (i) the use of military force; (ii) the activities of the intelligence community (including covert action and intelligence collection); and (iii) other counterterrorism-related activities (including the detention and prosecution of captured persons). Current developments – including the U.S. Government's collection of telephonic and electronic metadata; the U.S. use of force in Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria; and efforts to prosecute members of al Qaeda and ISIS domestically - will inform our consideration of those areas of law. Throughout the class, we will wrestle with the substantive tensions that inevitably arise between national security imperatives and privacy, as well as questions about who decides how to strike that balance.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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