National Security Law

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 26/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

Since the 9/11 attack, national security law is one of the most critical and relevant areas of legal inquiry. This course is a comprehensive introduction, blending relevant international and national law. It begins with an overview of modern theory about the causes of war including the democratic peace, deterrence, and incentive theory. The course takes up institutional modes of conflict management, including the U.N. system and the role of the Security Council, and regional systems such as NATO and the OAS, and addresses the lawfulness of using force in international relations. It then examines several case studies from the Indochina War to the war in Iraq and the war against ISIL. It also examines the law for the conduct of war, including the use of drones. The course looks at war crimes and the Nuremberg principles, and the new International Criminal Court as well as the Yugoslav and Rwanda tribunals. It briefly reviews American security doctrine, then turns to the general issues of strategic stability and arms control, examining nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their effects, and arms control agreements. It then examines the national security process including the national command structure, and looks at secrecy, access to information, and the classification system. The course typically invites one or more experts to meet with the class on contemporary issues. It is expected again this year that one such expert may be a top former CIA officer discussing the role of the CIA, as well as a top JAG School expert on jus in bello. Professor Moore founded the field of National Security Law and was recently awarded the ABA Liebman Award in National Security Law.

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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