LAW 2791 - Civil Liberties and the War Against Terrorism: Continuity Change in the Aftermath of September 11
This seminar examines the impact of September 11 on civil liberties. While the seminar focuses principally on current issues, it seeks to place these issues in a broader historical and legal context. The first two weeks identify larger themes and provide a framework in which to consider the relationship between war and civil liberties. The seminar then turns to specific issues raised by the “war against terrorism,” which are addressed under the following general topics: detention; free speech and open government; discrimination and ethnic profiling; and government surveillance and privacy. Throughout, the seminar seeks to explore the ways in which the war against terrorism reflects both continuity and change compared with America’s past responses to war. Readings combine current cases and statutes with wartime precedents and scholarly commentary. Students will be responsible for a research paper, and will work with the professor on selecting and developing a topic.
Prerequisites & Notes
Constitutional Law I.
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