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National Security Law

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

The course provides an introduction to the legal aspect of the management of national security. The course seeks to clarify the national and global implications as well as the goals of a rational security system. It introduces the student to traditional approaches to war prevention. It then proceeds to provide an introduction to the international law of conflict management, focusing on the international methods designed to manage armed conflict. The course also introduces the student to the relevant textual provisions of the UN Charter and related international documentation. The course explores the circumstances under which it is lawful to use force in international relations and explores the definition of aggression. The course explores illustrative examples of armed conflict including the wars in Indo-China, Central America, Grenada, and the Gulf War. The course also explores the problems of UN peacekeeping and peace enforcement, in a multitude of different contexts with a specific focus on Yugoslavia and the war in Iraq. The course also focuses on the problems of human rights in the conduct of war. It introduces the student to the humanitarian law of The Hague in Geneva. The course also touches on the problems of war crimes with a specific focus on the Nuremburg principles and the development of international criminal law in this regards. The course also touches on the problems on the control and regulation of international terrorism, national security and American Security doctrine, Strategic Arms Reduction and Nuclear Weapons and the course introduces the student to the problems of international piracy. The course concludes with an exploration of the national institution framework for the division of the nation’s security powers between Congress and the President. Attention is drawn to such issues as the war powers resolution, access to information and classifications, intelligence and counter-intelligence, fundamentals of homeland security and environmental and national security issues. The course will be evaluated by a single take-home exam.