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National Security Law, Seventh Edition

  • Stephen Dycus
  • William C. Banks
  • Peter Raven-Hansen
  • Stephen I. Vladeck
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For the last 30 years, National Security Law has helped create and shape an entire new field of law. It has been adopted for classroom use at most American law schools, all of the military academies, and many non-law graduate programs. The Seventh Edition of this leading casebook provides an up-to-date, user-friendly survey of this extremely dynamic field.

Relying heavily on original materials and provocative notes and questions, this book encourages students to play the roles of national security professionals, politicians, judges, and ordinary citizens. And by showing the development of doctrine in historical context, it urges them to see their responsibility as lawyers to help keep us safe and free.

Like earlier editions, the new book deals with basic separation-of-powers principles, the interaction of U.S. and international law, the use of military force, intelligence, detention, criminal prosecution, homeland security, and national security information — more than enough to provide teachers with a rich menu of readings for classes.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • Latest developments on U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iran
  • President Trump’s Border Wall and appropriations power
  • Carpenter v. U.S. and recent FISA developments and FISC decisions
  • Trump travel ban
  • “Defending forward” in cyberspace
  • New chapter on nuclear war

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Carefully curated and edited original materials
  • Extensive notes and questions to fill in the blanks
  • Read-ins and chapter summaries to provide perspective
  • Frequent references to historical and political context
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