National Security Law and Practice

National Security Law and Practice

Mr. Matthew Olsen
Spring 2018 seminar
T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5052
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: Enrollment in this seminar is by permission of the instructor. A prior course related to national security law or a background in national security or law enforcement is encouraged. Please send a short statement of interest and resume, as well as your year and program information, to Matt Olsen at by Friday, November 3, 2017. Enrollment decisions will be made by November 10th.

Exam Type: No Exam

This seminar will examine a series of current national security legal and policy issues. We will explore a range of selected topics that confront national security lawyers and policy makers, including: the structure and regulation of the intelligence community; foreign intelligence surveillance law and policy; counterterrorism operations and lethal targeting; the detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists; the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases; national security secrecy and the press; and the role of national security lawyers. We will consider these issues in the context of operational practice and government decision-making and examine the difficult legal questions and policy choices these issues raise. Matt Olsen was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 2011 to 2014. He previously served as General Counsel at the National Security Agency and as a federal prosecutor.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, International, Comparative & Foreign Law