Topics in Constitutional Law: U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Course Number: 579U

Description: The course is designed to introduce students to the law of foreign relations in the United States. In general terms, it examines the impact of the constitutional distribution of powers on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations law. In particular, it addresses the influence of separation of powers doctrines on the conduct of foreign relations, the status of international law in the U.S. legal system, the role of the courts in adjudicating issues affecting foreign relations, and the controversy over distribution of war powers between the President and Congress.