The Australian and US approaches to 'national security law' exhibit areas of commonality, but also - more particularly - areas of significant divergence. To some extent these divergences are attributable to Constitutional and politico-legal foundations and processes; to some extent they reflect differences in conceptualization of the shared challenge or threat.
This course examines and compares the Australian and US approaches to national security law, ranging across foundational issues such as constitutional fundamentals and the legislative basis for the main intelligence community agencies, through to discrete thematic issues including use of force, foreign fighters, telecommunications interception and cyber, and oversight mechanisms.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
A participant who completes this course should be able to:
- formulate an understanding of what the concept of 'national security' means in an Australian context;
- explain the main features of the way in which Australian national security institutions are organised, and in particular the legal basis on which they operate;
- explain the main features of framework of Australian national security law, how this legal framework developed and how it currently operates; and
- examine, and critically analyse, practical and thematic issues arising from the way in which national security institutions and laws have developed and currently operate in Australia
Class participation - 10%
Statutory interpretation/analysis exercise - 25%
Research essay - 65%
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Intensive delivery over four days (26 hours); preparation and prereading for two days (10 hours); Plus time for assessment tasks
Requisite and Incompatibility
There will be a reading list provided.
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5498||15 May 2017||15 May 2017||26 May 2017||29 Jun 2017||In Person||N/A|