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College of Law

Seminar: International Security Law

Course Number: 6910
Professor: Timothy G. Kearley
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: International Law

Course Overview: In this seminar we will examine how war and terrorism are defined and regulated in both the international and U.S. legal systems. We will discuss, among other subjects, when it is permissible to use armed force under international law (the jus ad bellum), how armed force can be used (the jus in bello), possible definitions of terrorism, as well as related domestic topics such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Patriot Act, the use of the state secrets privilege in litigation, and civil liberties in times of armed conflict. We will give special attention to new, problems such as cyberwarfare, private military companies (e.g., Blackwater), targeted killing, distinguishing between privileged and unprivileged combatants, and how the latter should be treated. Students will write a paper that meets the advanced writing requirement and will be expected to lead some discussions.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Discussion
Written Assignments: Research paper fulfilling advanced writing requirement.
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Class participation and research paper.
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