Professor Stephen Ellmann
This course studies the issues emerging from our response to terrorism on and after September 11, 2001, with a primary focus on United States constitutional law but with some attention to other sources of law. It addresses a wide range of legal questions, including the nature of executive and legislative power to begin, pursue, and end wars; emergency powers; the guarantee and suspension of habeas corpus; application of the constitution to the actions of the United States and its allies abroad, to the rights of aliens at home, and to prisoners taken in the war against terrorism; the constitutionality of military tribunals; and questions of civil rights and liberties under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, including free speech, racial profiling, and national identity cards. Bill of Rights.
Introduction to Constitutional Law