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L736 *S Congress, the Presidency & 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? For example, when must Congress authorize war before the President authorizes the use of military force? When is judicial oversight of such matters appropriate? For example, should courts refuse to hear Americans# claims of unlawful torture or surveillance by the government, under state secrets, political question, standing or other doctrines that reflect separation of powers principles? May the President refuse to enforce (or defend) laws he believes are unconstitutional (such as laws that proscribe torture and require court orders for government surveillance, and the Defense of Marriage Act)? Or suspend enforcement of laws, such as immigration laws, inconsistent with his policy preferences? What are appropriate forms of congressional oversight of the Executive, including limitations on the appointment and removal of executive branch officers, the refusal to raise the debt ceiling or authorize expenditures resulting in the shutdown of government, and the Independent Counsel Act? When may the President 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.

Note This course may offer writing credit.

Faculty D. Johnsen

Fall 2017-2018*S Congress, the Presidency & the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Fall 2016-2017*S Congress, the Presidency & the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Fall 2015 - 2016*S Congress, the Presidency & the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Spring 2011 - 2012*S Congress, the Presidency & the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Fall 2011 - 2012*S Congress, the Presidency & the CourtsJohnsen, D.
Spring 2009 - 2010*S Congress, the Presidency & the Courts (syllabus)Johnsen, D.