National Security Law

Law 700, Fall Term 2012

Syracuse University College of Law

Visiting Assistant Professor William C. Snyder

Assignments are based upon National Security Law, 5th Ed. (Aspen 2011) ISBN 978-0-7355-9475-3, unless otherwise noted. The syllabus updates on a nearly daily basis. Note that most documents linked here are available only to students and guests with a username and password. Any person can view the course blog.

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Working Syllabus
Lesson & Date
Topic & Assignment
  Part 1 -- Framework
1 on 9/5/12

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Providing for the ''Common Defence'': The Original Understanding

Assignment: Please read pages 1 - 23 and 1313 - 1319

2 on 9/10/12

Chapter 3 - The Gloss of History: An Introduction to the Separation of National Security Powers

Assignment: Please read all of Chapter 3 [that is, ages 24-51].

3 on 9/12/12
&
4 on 9/17/12

Chapter 4 - The President's National Security Powers

Assignment: Please read Chapter 4.

5 on 9/19/12
Chapter 5 - Congress's National Security Powers
6 0n 9/24/12

Chapter 6 - The Courts' National Security Powers

Assignment: Please read Chapter 6.

Supplemental materials:

- PowerPoint slides used in class for Lesson 6 & 7.

  Part II - International Law as ''Our Law''

7 on 9/26/12

8 on 10/1

Chapter 7 - The Domestic Effect of International Law

For Lesson 7 on 9/26/12, please review pages 140 to 159 of Chapter 6 and please read pages 163-182 of Chapter 7.

Supplemental resources:

- Treaties And Other International Agreements: The Role of the United States Senate (A Study Prepared by the Congressional Research Service, 2001).

9 on 10/3
10 on 10/8/12

Chapter 8 - The Right to Wage War (jus ad bellum)

Chapter 9 - International Humanitarian Law (jus in bello)

Assignment: for Lesson 9 and 10 on October 3 and 5, please read Chapters 8 and 9 together.

  Part III - Using Force Abroad
11 on 10/10

Chapter 10 - How We Go to War: Lessons from Vietnam

Chapter 11 - The War Powers Resolution

Assignment:For Lesson 11 on October 10, 2012, please read both Chapters 10 and 11. Much of the assignment is an illustration and review of what we have covered already. Thus, if you need to triage due to the length of the assignment, please focus on the legal points that are new to us: Orlando v. Laird on page 286, Holtzman v. Schlesinger on page 303, and the War Powers Resolution on page 307. If you don't read it all, however, you will miss a good story.

12 on 10/17/12
&
13 on 10/22/12

Chapter 12 - Collective Self-Defense

Chapter 13 - Unilateral Self-Defense and Rescue

Assignment: For Lesson 12 on Wednesday, 10/17/12, please read both Chapters 12 and 13 through page 354, but skipping subsection 12.A on pages 324 to 328.

[Note: Chapter 14, Targetting Terrorists, is covered in Law 790, Counterterrorism Law, during the spring term. Also, class did not meet on 10/15/12.]

Assignment: For Lesson 13 on Monday, 10/22/12, please repeat the same assignment. That is, please read/review both Chapters 12 and 13 through page 354, but skipping subsection 12.A on pages 324 to 328.

14 on 10/24/12 &
15 on 10/31/12

Chapter 15 - Humanitarian and Peace Operations

Assignment: For Lesson 14 on Wednesday, 10/24/12, please read pages 354-375 in Chapter 13, plus all of Chapter 15.

Note: Class on 10/29/12 was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Assignment: For Lesson 15 on Monday, 10/29/12, please read Chapter 15.

Supplemental Readings: http://natsec.sdlhost.com/#search/q:libya/

 

16 on 11/5/12

Guest Speaker: LTCD Chris Kimball, Assistant Professor at United States Naval Academy

Assignment: Please familiarize yourself with his biography.

Supplemental Resource: Operational Law Handbook, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School, U.S. Army, 2008

  Part IV - Intelligence Operations and Collection
17 on 11/07/12

Chapter 16 - Organization and Authority of the Intelligence Community

Assignment: Please read Chapter 16.

Supplemental reading for election day: CRS Report: Presidential Transition: National Security Considerations and Options.

18 on 11/09/12
Make-Up at 1:00 in Room 204

Chapter 17 - Covert Actions in Principle and Practice

Assignment: Please read Chapter 17.

19 on 11/12/12
Chapter 18 - Defying Oversight? Dirty Assets, Special Military Operations, and Contractors
20 on 11/14/12

Chapter 19 - Organizing for Intelligence Collection

Assignment: Please read Chapter 19

19 on 11/26/12

Chapter 18 - Defying Oversight? Dirty Assets, Special Military Operations, and Contractors

Assignment: Please read Chapter 18 and review Chapters 16 through 19.

21 on 11/28

Chapter 20 - The Fourth Amendment and National Security

Assignment: Please read Chapter 20 on the Fourth Amendment.

22 on 12/3

Chapter 21 - Congressional Authority for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Chapter 22 - Programmatic Electronic Surveillance for Foreign Intelligence

Assignment: Please read as much of Chapters 21 and 22 as practicable. If you must triage, and it is expected that you will, then focus on the Rosen case on page 582 and in re Sealed Case on page 600.

12/5

Chapter 25 - Surveillance Abroad

Assignment: please read Chapter 25 for class on 12/5/12.

  Homeland Security
12/7

Chapter 37 - Homeland Security

Assignment for 12/7/12: Please read Chapter 37.

Optional supplemental materials:

- CRS Report: Homeland Emergency Preparedness and the National Exercise Program.

- CRS Report: Homeland Security: Department Organization and Management Implementation Phase.

- PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-8

- Stafford Act.

- National Response Framework.

12/10

Chapter 38 - The Military's Domestic Role

Exam Review

Assignment: Please read Chapter 38.

Thursday, December 13
Final Examination

 

 

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