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Fall 2021
5325 National Security Law - BERMAN- 14993

Professor(s): Emily Berman (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 
International Law

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 109  BLB

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: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Whether this course will be distance education, or will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course.  You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course.  In other words, this course might be distance education with no use of a physical classroom. It might be the “HyFlex” mode in which some Law Center courses used a physical room during 2020-21. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined. The instructors will be involved in those decisions, but decisions about modalities may not be invariant throughout the term/semester or between now and when the course starts.

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First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/08 9am-12pm  240 TU2    

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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (4/5/2021 4:09:59 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: National Security Law (Dycus et al. eds, 7th ed. 2020), ISBN-13:978-1543806793; ISBN-10: 1543806791.