College of Law

National Security Law


Law 7413 - Spring 2013

Professor: L. Lynn Hogue Class Times: TR, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Syllabus: Syllabus | Location: Room 652
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Course Description

National Security Law. Prerequisite: Law 6000. A seminar exploring contemporary issues and problems in the use of armed force to maintain the security of the nation. The focus on the seminar is on the way in which international, constitutional, and statutory law facilitates and constrains the projection of national policy by means of war and military actions short of war. The course explores through case studies of such actions as Operation Desert Storm (Iraq); Operation Just Cause (Panama); Operation Urgent Fury (Granada); the Vietnam War; the constitutional paradox of the armed forces, an authoritarian institution whose purpose is to inflict destruction and death by the skilled application of military force functioning within an open, democratic society. Specific topics considered will vary according to current events. The coverage of the course will include the international law of armed conflict (public international law constraints on the conduct of war), an introduction to military law and the military justice system, the political control of the military by Congress and the President with special attention to the War Powers Resolution, problem areas of "low-intensity conflict," undeclared and covert war, terrorism, national emergency powers, internal security and access to information involving national security, laws governing service personnel, and regulations of the composition of the fighting force including the draft and related issues such as women in combat roles and service policies regarding homosexuals. Students may elect to write a paper or to take an examination. Papers may satisfy the writing requirement.

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