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LAW 0444: National Security Law
Spring 2021 • Section 01 • CRN 36452

Course Description

This course will study national security threats - those posed to the United States by state and non-state actors who target US civilians, personnel and interests with the aim of achieving political change - and examine the legal controversies raised in responding to these threats domestically and abroad. The course will be divided into two parts. Part One will examine legal controversies in constitutional law. This includes the scope of presidential powers in times of heightened national security threats and the separation of powers more broadly. We will also explore the tension between national security and individual liberties during times of crisis. Part Two will examine the legal controversies raised by irregular combat between the US and non-state actors internationally. We will study some of the most important and controversial legal issues triggered by the so-called 'war on terror.'


Day/Time Location
Th 2:35-4:25 PM Online Meeting

Course Details

  • Harvey Rishikof
Credit Hours

2 Credits


No Limit

Course Type
  • Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement




Registration Info


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0404 (Constitutional Law)

Equivalent Courses

You may not register for this course if you are enrolled in or have already taken the following:

  • LAW 0984 (National Security Law)


Law 556 (International Law)

Book List/Materials