Course Description

LAW 269 - National Security Law

This course is an introductory examination of U.S. national security law. We will study questions relating to the exercise of military force, the conduct of intelligence operations, and the detention, treatment, and individual targeting of enemy combatants.  In considering those questions, special attention will be paid to (1) how to allocate decision-making authority among the President, the Congress, and the courts; (2) how to strike the proper balance, substantively, between security and liberty and, procedurally, between secrecy and transparency; and, (3) how to reconcile domestic law and policy objectives with international obligations and norms.  We will be guided largely by domestic sources of law – the Constitution and such statutes as the National Security Act, the War Powers Resolution, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Military Commissions Act – but, at times, we will look to international law and the laws of other nations to supplement our understanding of domestic law.

Non-JD students may enroll only after obtaining the written permission of the instructor.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2019 - 2020

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jon Michaels 18S 269 LEC 1 TR 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre-requisite: Law 148. Constitutional Law I
Jon Michaels 19S 269 LEC 1 TR 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM 4.0 Yes No
Prerequisite: Law 148. Constitutional Law I
Administrative Law & Government Regulation - Government, Homeland Security, Immigration and Law Enforcement; Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; International & Comparative Law - International, Comparative, and Foreign Law; Public Interest Law and Policy; International and Comparative Law JD Specialization;