If You’re Teaching National Security or Counterterrorism Law in the Next Year…

…then I’m very pleased to share the details for the 2017-2018 Supplement to Stephen Dycus et al., National Security Law (6th ed. 2016) and Counterterrorism Law (3d ed. 2016), which will be out in plenty of time for Fall 2017 courses (the warehouse date is August 7; the ISBN # is 9781454875512). The announcement from my co-authors and me is below the fold: 

When we published the latest editions of National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law last summer, we harbored no illusion as to the need to continue our regular updates of fields that, in recent years, have produced a simply stunning flood of important and momentous legal, policy, and political developments. But even with those expectations, staying abreast of the relevant changes over the past year has felt, at times, like trying to drink from a fire hose.

That said, we are pleased to announce the publication, in time for Fall 2017 courses, of the 2017-2018 Supplement to National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law. It includes 126 pages of material that reflects our very best effort to keep both casebooks as current as practicable under the circumstances without overloading adopters and students with more material than could (or should) reasonably be encompassed within the relevant coursework.

Some of this year’s additions to the Supplement will already be familiar to adopters and students alike — including detailed materials on the ongoing litigation challenging President Trump’s “Travel Ban”; discussions of key interpretations of (and tweaks to) government surveillance authorities in advance of the debate over reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; and updates on key court rulings on topics ranging from “Bivens” remedies and whether the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force applies to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the Guantánamo military commissions and a major test-case for the future of the third-party doctrine in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.

But we have also endeavored to include other materials that add depth and richness to the latest editions of our casebooks, even though they have not generated as many headlines — including subtle but significant developments with respect to the use of military force overseas (and congressional oversight thereof here at home); Congress’s enactment, over President Obama’s veto, of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act; and recent amendments to the Federal Records Act and Presidential Records Act that could have significant ramifications for President Trump’s use of Twitter. The past year may not have had the same number of national security headlines as other recent years, but it was hardly lacking in meaningful legal developments.

Finally, as important new developments arise during the coming year, we will continue to document them by posting edited new materials on the websites for the two casebooks — supplements to this Supplement — from which they may be downloaded by teachers and shared with students. The website for National Security Law (6th ed.) may be found at http://www.aspenlawschool.com/books/Dycus_NatSec/default.asp; the website for Counterterrorism Law (3d ed.) may be found at http://www.aspenlawschool.com/books/Dycus_CounterTerror/default.asp. We encourage you to return to those portals regularly to keep abreast of major developments during the year — and to alert us if and when you come across new materials that deserve to be included.

As always, please let us know if we can be helpful in any way.

Stephen Dycus
William C. Banks
Peter Raven-Hansen
Stephen I. Vladeck

 

About the Author(s)

Steve Vladeck

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Follow him on Twitter (@steve_vladeck).