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Overcoming NecessityEmergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism$
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Thomas P. Crocker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181616

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181616.001.0001

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Introduction

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Overcoming Necessity
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Thomas P. Crocker

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181616.003.0001

This chapter does not focus on the common-law or international doctrines of necessity but discusses the family of justificatory arguments that arise within liberal constitutionalism to the effect that “necessity knows no law.” It analyzes the constitutional norms that fail to guide and constrain the choice of action through an analysis of what is appropriate. It explores how constitutional norms always apply as unavoidably normative constitutional questions during an emergency. The chapter also looks into post-9/11 counterterrorism practices of surveillance, detention, interrogation, and targeted killing. It observes the scope of the argument that transcends specific 9/11 terrorist practices in order to encompass the structure of constitutional thought of which policy choices arise.

Keywords:   necessity, liberal constitutionalism, constitutional norms, post-9/11, counterterrorism practices, surveillance, detention, interrogation, targeted killing

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