National Security Law

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED 9:13 - 10:20 am TNH 2.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final May 13, 2009 8:30 am A-Z in 2.140


This survey course examines a host of legal and policy issues associated with the U.S. government's national security activities and organizations, with a particular emphasis on legal issues associated with counterterrorism. In significant part, the course will follow a quasi-chronological approach incorporating the following topics: the legal regulation of investigations (including criminal investigative rules and guidelines, national security investigations, and intelligence collection generally); substantive criminal law relating to terrorism; jus ad bellum rules governing the resort to military force and domestic Constitutional rules governing that issue; jus in bello rules governing the use of lethal military force; international and domestic laws relating to military detention; military commissions and other vehicles for the prosecution of war crimes; the current debate regarding national security courts; and the legal regulation of interrogation. STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN PROF. SIEVERT'S U.S. LAW & NATL SECURITY COURSE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THIS COURSE; BOTH HAVE OVERLAPPING CONTENT AND MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED FOR CREDIT.