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226.11 sec. 001 - Current Topics in National Security Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Tess Bridgeman  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 3:35 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Law 132
From January 12, 2022
To March 16, 2022

Course Start: January 12, 2022
Course End: March 16, 2022
Class Number (1Ls): 31911
Class Number: 31911

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 34
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 39
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This course examines the most pressing national security law issues of the day, introduces key domestic and international legal frameworks necessary to engage in law and policy debates, and provides practical perspectives on these topics. The course will analyze the roles of each of the branches of the U.S. federal government in matters of national security, examine the intersection of international and domestic law in this sphere, and provide an overview of the practice of national security law in the Executive Branch. One or more class sessions will be reserved to cover new developments, and specific topics may be adjusted based on current events, but are likely to include the following: the War Powers Resolution of 1973, its implementation in practice, and proposals for reform; the scope of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and the “forever wars”; the powers and limits of Congress and the Judiciary to conduct national security oversight of the President; post-9/11 surveillance and intelligence collection; the use of domestic and multilateral sanctions; nuclear non-proliferation challenges, with a focus on North Korea and Iran; the legality of ongoing detention operations and military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and key topics in cybersecurity, including election interference.

Dr. Tess Bridgeman is a Senior Fellow & Visiting Scholar at NYU Law School’s Reiss Center on Law and Security and Co-Editor in Chief of Just Security. Bridgeman served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Obama, Associate Counsel to the President, and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC), where she provided counsel on the full range of issues relating to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Bridgeman previously served in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, where she was Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser and, prior to that role, an Attorney Adviser in the Office of Political-Military Affairs, focusing on the law of armed conflict. Bridgeman clerked for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, and Gardner Fellow, Bridgeman has a D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University, a J.D. from NYU Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, which she attended as a Root-Tilden-Kern and Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar, and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Attendance at the first two weeks of class sessions is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present during the first two weeks of class (without prior permission of the instructor) may be dropped without notice. The instructor can continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to risk being dropped without notice.

Constitutional law and international law are recommended but not required.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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