Students Publish New National Security Law Journal

Posted: March 26, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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New NSLJ Logo2The first issue of the National Security Law Journal (NSLJ), published by students in the School of Law, was released on March 18.  The journal features scholarly articles regarding national security law, including legal issues related to diplomacy, intelligence and the military. The journal will be published biannually.

“National security law is an exciting, evolving field, and this journal will make an important contribution to legal scholarship,” says Patrick Austin, editor-in-chief.  “We’ve had a great team working on this first issue.”

The first issue features a comparative analysis of the U.S. military and the People’s Liberation Army of China, a discussion on balancing the right to self-defense with preventing civilian causalities in military combat and commentary on the future of international port security law.  Student notes on the issues of due process in the context of targeted drone strikes authorized by the president and  the right to counsel for Guantanamo detainees are also included in the journal.

Along with Austin, the journal is shaped by 15 additional editors and eight advisors.

Other student-edited law journals are Civil Rights Law Journal; The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy; and Journal of International Commercial Law.

On Tuesday, April 2, the National Security Law Journal will host a symposium featuring Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA. Hayden will be joined by Ronald Lee, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and Suzanne Spaulding, deputy under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to discuss cybersecurity and the threat of foreign and domestic hackers.

For more information on the journal or to register for the symposium, visit NSLJ’s website.

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