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National Security Law (Finkelstein)

Spring 2023   LAW 762-001  

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Claire Finkelstein

Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy; Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

Senior writing is available to 2L and 3L students with permission of instructor.


Class meets in person.

Meeting Times/Location
MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Tanenbaum Hall 253



Course Description – National Security Law Professor Claire Finkelstein, Spring Semester 2023

This course will survey central themes in national security law, with a focus on the perceived tension between rule of law values and national security imperatives. Topics will include: the nature of presidential power to protect the homeland and the scope of the Commander-in-Chief power, the role of Congress in developing and implementing national security imperatives, the role of courts in protecting individual constitutional rights, international law and the law of armed conflict, the war on terror and its impact on national security practice, the development of new technologies and the changing nature of warfare, developments in intelligence law and the impact on civil liberty and privacy, as well as recent developments relating to the militarization of outer space.

Grading will be based on the assessments as follows: 70 % in-class final exam; 30% participation in class activities, including discussion board posts, preparation of memorandum and briefing, and class participation. Senior writing - available for 2L and 3Ls students with permission of instructor.


"National Security Law and the Constitution" by Corn, Geoffrey S. / Gurule, Jimmy / Kahn, Jeffrey / Corn, Gary
Edition: 2ND 21
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 9781543810714