National security has been defined as the protection and preservation of a state’s values, institutions and the well-being of its citizens. It is an expansive concept that, in colloquial terms, has a strong association with military preparedness and law enforcement. It is also a concept that sometimes co-exists uncomfortably with the rule of law.
This seminar course will examine international and Canadian laws governing efforts to preserve “national security.” United States and United Kingdom law will also figure in the discussion. Issues discussed will include: international, Canadian and comparative law dealing with terrorism, weapons proliferation, epidemic diseases, espionage, government secrecy and the actions of intelligence agencies, both foreign and domestic. The conflict between national security imperatives and human and civil rights at both the international and national level will be a key pre-occupation of the course.
In 2016-17, our principal (although far from exclusive focus) will be on anti-terrorism related issues, given their currency in current policy discussions.
Co-taught with Michael Duffy, Department of Justice, Canada.
Full syllabus hosted by H20 here.