This advanced U.S. foreign relations law national security law seminar examines the theory, history, and doctrine of American constitutional war powers. Major issues include: presidential authority to use military force abroad; congressional checks and oversight of war powers; the role of the judiciary in war; war powers and civil liberties. The seminar is organized chronologically, because a major theme of the seminar is the interrelationship of changes in security strategy, geopolitics, and constitutional doctrine.
This is a very writing-intensive seminar for students dedicated to the subject matter and to improving their writing. It involves two writing components: weekly, short response papers AND a research paper due at the end of the term. Evaluation will be based on both of those writing components, as well as class participation (which is mandatory and everyone is on-call). The topic of the research paper must be approved by the instructor in advance, and a draft outline of the paper will be due midway through the semester.