Housed in our state-of-the-art facility at St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, the Center for Terrorism Law is a fully operational legal research center dedicated to the study of legal issues associated with both antiterrorism and counterterrorism, with particular emphasis on cyberspace and information assurance technologies.
The goal of the Center is to examine current and potential legal issues related to terrorism in light of the challenge of achieving and maintaining a proper balance between global security and civil justice. This goal is pursued through professional exchanges such as symposia and consultations; writing, commenting on, and publishing written materials; and ensuring access to extensive information resources regarding terrorism.
Research focuses on Federal and State statutes and applicable case law, including, e.g., USA PatriWinning the War on Terror Act of 2001; Homeland Security Act of 2002; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); Privacy Act; Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA); International Security and Development Cooperation Act (ISCCA); Posse Comitatus Act (PCA); Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA); Electronic Communications and Privacy Act of 1986; Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003; Texas Open Records Act; and National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
Research is conducted in a variety of associated areas and relates to defining terrorism, war powers, civil liberty concerns, Congressional powers, Executive powers, cooperative law enforcement, military support to law enforcement, Department of Defense responsibilities, Department of Homeland Security, criminal prosecutions of terrorists, various criminal statutes, domestic surveillance, information security, infrastructure assurance, habeas corpus matters, cyber-offenses, investigations of terrorism, public access to government proceedings, etc.
Below is a short video further detailing the Center’s mission.
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