Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press – 6030
This course will consider how growing concerns about privacy and national security will affect traditional First Amendment legal theory and practice. We will examine significant court decisions, statutory and regulatory schemes (such as the USA FREEDOM Act and the Espionage Act), and international initiatives (such as “The Right to be Forgotten” and the EU-US “Privacy Shield”). We will consider their impact on U.S. law governing news gathering and dissemination, prior restraints, access to courts and to government information, as well as government surveillance and regulation of electronic communications. Students will write and orally present a research paper on a relevant legal topic selected in consultation with the instructor, and will also write a short reflection essay roughly midway through the semester. Well-prepared participation in class discussions and regular attendance are important course requirements. The course is cross listed with Jour 5777.