Summer Program: National Security & Separation of Powers




SUMMER SESSION – Williamsburg, VA
JULY 13 – 24, 2020


COVID-19 Update:

Due the U.S. Department of State raising its Global Health Advisory to “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” George Mason University and the Global Education Office (GEO) have cancelled international summer programs.

The National Security Institute has been able to confirm with the University that this program will be able to be held domestically in Williamsburg, VA.


About the Program:

The National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School is hosting its third national security summer program.  The program will take place July 13 – 24, 2020 and will feature courses taught by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court and Professor Jamil N. Jaffer.

Students will learn about the historical roots and the modern application of the separation of powers in the national security context in two courses awarding a total of 2 credits:

Interbranch Conflicts in National Security: War, Intelligence, and Negotiations
Separation of Powers

Both courses will be team taught by Justice Gorsuch and Professor Jaffer. The separation of powers course will examine the philosophical doctrines underlying the American approach to our system of governance, the constitutional pedigree of the separation of powers, and the understanding of such separation by the framers, as well the application of separation of powers principles in the modern era, including in the administrative state and national security contexts. The interbranch conflicts course will analyze three-to-four case studies of conflicts between Congress and the President in national security, including disputes over war-making, surveillance and other counterterrorism efforts, and international agreements.