Whether you are a teacher looking for materials you can use in your class, a student looking to go beyond your class, or for that matter anyone who simply wants to learn more about national security and law, we are here to help. Below you will find the first installment of what we hope becomes a robust set of free educational resources, including especially electronic casebooks, covering a range of topics.
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National Security Law Lectures (last updated Aug. 20, 2020)
Lawfare’s Matt Waxman (Columbia) and Bobby Chesney (Texas) have launched a curated series of video lectures on a growing array of national security law topics: National Security Law Lectures. The modules are well-suited for use by faculty, students, practitioners, or anyone who simply wants a better understanding of these topics. The series begins with an introductory survey of the field, and then goes on to include modules on war powers, cybersecurity, surveillance, and covert action. More modules will follow.
eCasebooks (last updated Sept. 21, 2020)
Matthew Waxman and Professor Stephen Griffin (Tulane) have created a free “model casebook chapter” on constitutional war powers. As explained in a note up front, it is intended for use in Constitutional Law I classes that cover separation of powers. Others might find it useful for courses in National Security Law or Foreign Relations Law, or perhaps for graduate courses in U.S. foreign policy. It reflects a pedagogical preference for integrating a study of war-initiation with other issues like presidential and congressional powers in wartime, and it emphasizes historical practice among the political branches while keeping very short the primary document excerpts—especially when it comes to judicial cases. The chapter is available here.