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L736 Constitutional Law Seminar: Congress, the Presidency and the Courts

Description This seminar examines the authorities of the three branches of the national government, with an emphasis on presidential powers. Specific topics may include: What are the relative powers of the President and Congress in the areas of foreign affairs, military action and national security? When is judicial oversight of such matters appropriate, and to what extent should concerns about state secrets, political questions, and other doctrines that reflect separation of powers concerns limit judicial review? May/should the President refuse to enforce (or defend) laws he believes are unconstitutional (recent examples include, laws that proscribe torture and require court orders for government surveillance, and the Defense of Marriage Act)? What are appropriate forms of congressional oversight of the Executive, including limitations on the appointment and removal of executive branch officers, the legislative veto, the Independent Counsel Act, and presidential impeachment and removal? When may the President assert executive privilege and refuse to comply with requests for information from Congress or the courts? Requirements include a research paper (which satisfies the advanced research requirement). No exam. (3 credits)

Note This course may offer writing credit.

Faculty D. Johnsen

SemesterTitleFaculty
Spring 2011 - 2012Constitutional Law Seminar: Congress, the Presidency and the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Fall 2011 - 2012Constitutional Law Seminar: Congress, the Presidency and the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Spring 2009 - 2010Constitutional Law Seminar: Congress, the Presidency and the Courts (syllabus)Johnsen, D.