Terrorism, Torture, and the Courts

This course examines the interrogation, detention, and prosecution of terrorism suspects in the United States, both in Article III federal courts and military commissions.  We will begin the course with background classes on: (1) the torture debate in America; (2) the history of proceedings against analogous "unlawful combatants" in the United States (e.g., Civil War southern sympathizers and Nazi saboteurs); (3) Guantanamo; and (4) terrorism.  Other classes will feature guest speakers with relevant expertise, such as prosecutors, defense attorneys, laws-of-war experts, journalists, military-commission experts, and policymakers.  Students will be asked to prepare: (a) four reaction essays of 500-1000 words in length on 4 different weekly reading assignments; and (b) one 10-15 minute oral presentation on a weekly reading assignment for which the student did not prepare an essay.   There will also be a 24-hour take-home final examination which can be taken during any continuous 24 hours of the final examination period.  There is no long-paper option for this course.

Credits: 3

Type: SEM