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Homeland and National Security Law

Homeland and National Security Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program


Samantha Sliney

Samantha Sliney
May 2016 Candidate - Homeland and National
Security Law Program

Homeland Student Publishes Article in Harvard National Security Journal (NSJ) »

Samantha Arrington Sliney graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law, cum laude, in May 2013. She is currently a LL.M. Homeland and National Security Law candidate, anticipated May 2016.

The paper was first submitted for requirements in National Security Law II course in the LL.M. degree. 

About the Article

The article details the procedural history of U.S. v. al-Bahlul, which is a U.S. Military Commission case that is now on appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The issue pending decision before the court is whether Congress can authorize any and all domestic-law offenses to be tried in a military commission so long as the offenses are committed by an enemy belligerent in connection with hostilities. The Article argues that the U.S. Supreme Court is the appropriate venue to answer this question not the D.C. Circuit.

Harvard National Security Journal

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The D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on this question on Dec. 1, 2015 and an opinion is expected in mid-2016.

The article was published by the Harvard National Security Law Journal on 22 March 2016.

The NSJ seeks to provide a unified source for timely ideas and debate in a rapidly changing landscape. NSJ seeks well-researched scholarship from academics and practitioners and encourages responses to previously published pieces.

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Program Overview

The Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. program will include study in air and transportation security, border security, military operations in the homeland, intelligence and privacy issues, technology and cybersecurity, as well as the practical courses on federal contracting and administrative agencies.

The Master of Laws in Homeland and National Security will address all the laws of Homeland Security, and are consistent with Professor McDaniel's most recent role at the Pentagon for Homeland Defense Strategy, Force Planning and Mission Assurance, including:

• counter-terrorism
• immigration
• border
• maritime and transportation security
• public health and bioterrorism
• intelligence and individual rights.

The LLM Program will also offer electives in intelligence law and privacy, cybersecurity, emergency management, risk management and critical infrastructure, military domestic operations and practical courses in federal contracting and administrative law.

Degree Requirements

Students wishing to focus their expertise and enhance their career in Homeland and National Security Law may earn a master of laws by obtaining an additional 24 credit hours of course work; including 12 credit hours of required course work and an additional 12 credit hours of elective courses.

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