About The Course
This three-credit course is about the law and legal policy used to counter terrorism, not about its history, ideology, or grand strategies. As the authors of our textbook (including our own Professor William Banks) explain, the course is designed to help you “reflect intensively on how to protect national security under the rule of law; whether civil rights and civil liberties must be traded for security, and, if so, how much; and what roles each of the three branches of government should play in making these decisions and trade-offs.” Special attention will be paid to the dynamic quality of counterterrorism law – that is, most classes will begin with a review of developments since last we met. Included specific topics can be found in the Assignments section, below. There are no prerequisites for enrollment.
Class Meeting Times:
Class meets on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in Room 350 of Dineen Hall, the new College of Law building at 950 Irving Avenue.
The primary text is Dycus, Banks & Raven-Hansen, Counterterrorism Law 3rd. (Wolters Kluwer 2016; ISBN 9781454868316) and the relevant annual supplement: National Security Law, Sixth Edition and Counterterrorism Law, Third Edition, 2017-2018 Supplement (Wolters Kluwer,ISBN 9781454875512. More materials will be provided in class. Most materials other than the primary text will be available on the course website at www.counterterrorismlaw.info. All required readings are essential.
Many supplemental materials will be available for anyone who wants to delve into a subject more deeply. Most things projected during class likely will be available on the course website.