Assigned Readings

  1. SEMINAR SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNED READINGS

 

 

  1. All texts listed in this section are essential required reading.

 

  1. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS

 

SESSION 1 (1 October 2018): Sovereignty and the Exception

Theoretical text: Carl Schmitt, Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty, ed. and trans. by George Schwab (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).

 

SESSION 2 (8 October 2018): States of Emergency

Theoretical text: Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception trans. Kevin Attell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

  1. II. STATES OF EXCEPTIONALITY

 

SESSION 3 (15 October 2018): Migration detention

Theoretical texts: Nasser Hussain, “Beyond Norm and Exception: Guantanamo,” Critical Inquiry 33 (2007) 734-753; David Cole, “The Idea of Humanity: Human Rights and Immigrants’ Rights,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review 37 (2006): 627–658.

Case Study: Film Screening: Clark Lyda and Jesse Lyda, The Least of These (2008), full film online at https://vimeo.com/179342261 (Essential and to be added to the resource list).

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

SESSION 4 (22 October 2018): Invading Iraq

Theoretical text: Immanuel Kant, “A Perpetual Peace,” Political Writings, ed. H. S. Reiss (Cambridge, 1991), 93-130.

Case Study: Robert J. Delahunty and John Yoo, “Kant, Habermas and Democratic Peace,” Chicago Journal of International Law 10.2 (2010): 437-473.

Film Screening: Alex Gibney, Taxi to the Dark Side (109 minutes) (Essential and to be added to the resource list).

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

III. UNDERMINING THE RULE OF LAW

 

SESSION 5 (29 October 2018): Torture

Theoretical text: David Luban, “Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb,” Virginia Law Review 91 (2005): 1425-1461.

Case Study: The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, eds. Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel (Cambridge, 2005), 81-117 (“Memorandum for Roberto R. Gonzalez, Counsel to the President, and William J. Haynes Jr., General Counsel to the Department of the Defense, 22 January 2002)”.

Film Screening: Errol Morris, Standard Operating Procedure (2008) (Essential and to be added to the resource list).

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

READING WEEK: 5 NOVEMBER 2018

 

SESSION 6 (12 November 2018): Habeas Corpus

Theoretical text: Amanda L. Tyler, Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 13-35; 64-100.

Case Study: Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008), online at: https://www.oyez.org/cases/2007/06-1195.

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

SESSION 7 (19 November 2018): Extraordinary Rendition

Theoretical text: Fleur Johns, “Guantánamo Bay and the Annihilation of the Exception,” European Journal of International Law, 16.4 (2005): 613–635.

Case Study: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), online at: https://www.oyez.org/cases/2005/05-184.

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

  1. SUPPRESSING MUSLIMS

 

SESSION 8 (26 November 2018): Free Speech

Theoretical texts: Abrams v. United States (1919), with special focus on dissent of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Online at https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/250/616; Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927), with special focus on concurrence of Justice Louis Brandeis. Online at: https://www.oyez.org/cases/1900-1940/274us357 .

Case Study: Tarek Mehanna, “Sentencing Statement”; Audio version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtDReECm9oE.

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

SESSION 9 (3 December 2018): The Prevent Strategy

Theoretical text: Peter Ramsay, “Is Prevent a safe space?” Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 12.2 (2017): 143-158.

Case Study: David Cameron, “Extremism: PM speech,” https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/extremism-pm-speech (20 July 2015). Audio version of this speech is archived at https://audioboom.com/posts/3395435-pm-speech-on-extremism.

 

2 student presentations in the morning session, with 2 students assigned to produce non-evaluative commentaries for uploading on Canvas.

 

SESSION 10 (10 December 2018): Banning Muslims and Immigrants

Case Studies: Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-965, 585 U.S. (2018), online at: https://www.oyez.org/cases/2017/17-965; Chae Chan Ping v. United States, 130 U.S. 581 (1889) (better known as the Chinese Exclusion Case), online at: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/130/581.html; Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944), online at: https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/323us214.

 

Final session concludes with overview of key concepts and cases discussed in the preceding weeks.

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