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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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.

Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

Intelligence Squared US Debate: "The President Has Constitutional Power To Target And Kill U.S. Citizens Abroad"

For the Motion:

Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Michael Lewis, Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University School of Law

Against the Motion:

Noah Feldman, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project

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

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...

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