Teaching National Security Law

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Many of Lawfare’s readers and contributors are students of national security law in one sense or another. Many are also teachers. On this page, readers can find our contributors’ thoughts on pedagogy in this area of law, along with notes on casebooks, panels, and academic debates.

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2018 Case Supplement for ‘Computer Crime Law, 4th Edition’

As some readers know, I wrote a law school casebook on computer crime law. The first edition came out in 2006, and it has been updated over time: The fourth edition came out in January 2018. If you’re interested in checking out the casebook, its first 40 pages—which includes the introduction, the table of contents and the first 30 pages of text—is available for download here on SSRN.


Fourteen Years Ago This Weekend

Fourteen years ago this coming weekend, I was standing on top of the World Trade Center. It had been a long summer at work. The Justice Department office I worked in at the time was operating at a heightened pace. A couple law school friends and I drove up to New York for Labor Day weekend 2001 on a whim, and one of our group had never seen the view. I said it was a once-in-a-lifetime must, and up we went.

Once in a lifetime, indeed.

Politics & National Security

Judges Brett Kavanaugh and John D. Bates on Blogs and Judges in National Security Cases

At a recent panel on which I spoke at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security's annual conference, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh and U.S. District Judge---and former FISA presiding judge---John D. Bates had some interesting comments on the role of blogs in the judiciary's handling of national security cases.

Detention: Law of: D.C. Circuit Development

Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism

I'm happy to report that I've recently completed drafting an article that has been much on my mind for the past few years.  Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism (Michigan Law Review, forthcoming 2013) is now posted to SSRN.  In it, I argue that (i) there is a widespread perception that the legal framework for detention and targeting has reached a point of relative stability thanks to a remarkable wave of interbranch and inter-party consensus since 2008; (ii) this facade depends almost en

Military Justice

The Draft, the Constitutional Militia, and the Most Important Supreme Court NSL Case You (Probably) Haven't Heard Of...

According to various media reports, General Stanley McChrystal suggested late last month that the United States should bring back the draft if it goes to war again, arguing that the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been adequately spread across different segments of the U.S. population...

Teaching National Security Law

One More (Big!) NSL-Related Panel @ AALS...

In my haste to survey the NSL-related panels at this week's AALS Annual Meeting, I missed one of the "Hot Topics" sessions--a plenary discussion of "Political Crises and Constitutionalism: War," with a special focus on the use of force and/in Libya... It's scheduled for 10:30 a.m to noon on Saturday (alas, at the same time as the civil rights and national security panel), in Salon 1 of the Marriott Ballroom, and features an all-star cast, including Curt Bradley, Marty Lederman, Trevor Morrison, and Matt Waxman (moderated by Vicki Jackson).


NSL-Related Panels @ the AALS Annual Meeting

For our law professor readers, I thought I'd put together a quick post summarizing the national security-related panels at this week's AALS Annual Meeting here in Washington, D.C. Four panels, in particular, seem to be oriented toward NSL-ish topics (including three in a row on Saturday). Details below the fold:

Is There a South Asian Jurisprudence? -- Friday, 1/6, 4-5:45 p.m., McKinley Room, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park.

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