Summer Program: National Security & Separation of Powers




JULY 17 – 28, 2023

Applications are currently CLOSED.


About the Program:

The National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School hosts an annual summer program abroad – this year in Lisbon, Portugal – where students 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

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.

NSI also brings amazing national security experts and leading legal voices.  Previous guests have included: US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Susan M. Gordon, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Judge Patrick Bumatay of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ellen McCarthy, former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, and Michael Mukasey, former US Attorney General.

The program is limited to 25 students. Applications are open for all 1L, 1E, 2L, 2E, and 3E students.


Cost of the Program (2023 Summer Program Estimated Costs):

Tuition: In-State: $1,703.30; Out-of-State: $2,834

Non-Tuition Costs: $3,200 (Includes round-trip airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily meals, and single-occupancy lodging.)

NSI is also able to provide a number of merit-based awards to help students to supplement travel and other expenses.

**Please note, discretionary travel, lodging, shopping, and other incidental expenses are not included. Additionally, the above costs are estimates and are subject to change.**


COVID-19 Policy:

Please note, the summer program will be subject to federal, state, and George Mason University COVID-19 guidelines. As such, the program is subject to change and even cancellation. Students will be notified directly of any changes to the course.


NSI’s Director of International Programs, Omario Kanji, serves as the Program Director for summer program.