Key Rule of Law Publications


INSCT Director Professor William C. Banks is an internationally recognized authority in national security law, counterterrorism, and constitutional law. Banks has helped set the parameters for the emerging field of national security law since 1987, co-authoring two leading texts in the field: National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law.

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William C Banks

In 2008, Banks was named the College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, where he has been a member of the faculty for over 30 years.

National Security Law was first published in 1990 and is now in its fifth edition. Banks and his co-authors published Counterterrorism Law in 2007 to help define the emerging field of counterterrorism law, and the second edition was published in 2012.

Banks is also the author of numerous other books, book chapters, and articles including Counterinsurgency Law: New Dimensions in Asymmetric Warfare, Combating Terrorism (with Mitchel Wallerstein and Renee de Nevers); New Battlefields/Old Laws; Critical Debates from the Hague Convention to Asymmetric Warfare; “Legal Santuaries and Predator Strikes in the War on Terror;” “Programmatic Surveillance and FISA-Of Needles in Haystacks;” and “Providing ‘Supplemental Security:’ The Insurrection Act and the Military Role in Responding to Domestic Crises.”

Since 1998, Banks also has been a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs in SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He was named the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 1998, a College of Law Board of Advisors Professor in 2005, and he became the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University in 2003.

He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

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Safe at Home? The American Military on American Soil. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Forthcoming 2014 (With Stephen Dycus.)

Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare. Editor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Counterterrorism Law, 2nd Edition. New York: Aspen Publishing, 2012. (With Stephen Dycus & Peter Raven-Hansen.) Supplement: 2013.

Previous edition: 2007 (1st, with Dycus & Raven-Hansen)

Previous supplements: 2010, 2011

National Security Law, 5th Edition. New York: Aspen Publishing, 2011. (With Stephen Dycus & Peter Raven-Hansen.) Supplements: 2011, 2012.

Previous editions: 1990 (1st, with with Dycus, Raven-Hansen, & Arthur Berney); 1997 (2nd, with Dycus, Raven-Hansen, & Berney); 2002 (3rd, with Dycus, Raven-Hansen, & Berney); 2007 (4th, with Dycus, Raven-Hansen, & Berney).

Previous supplements: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

Teacher’s Manuals: 1991, 1997, 2003, 2008

New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates from the Hague Convention to Asymmetric Warfare. Editor. New York: Columbia University Press. 2011. (Nominated for the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award.)

Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System, 6th Edition. Dayton, OH: LexisNexis, 2010. (With Rodney Smolla.) Supplements: 2011, 2012.

Previous editions: 1987 (1st, with Daan Braveman); 1991 (2nd, with Braveman & Smolla); 1996 (3rd, with Braveman & Smolla); 2000 (4th, with Braveman & Smolla); 2005 (5th, with Braveman & Smolla)

Previous supplements: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Teacher’s Manual: 1987

Combating Terrorism. (With Mitchel Wallerstein & Renée de Nevers.) Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007.

National Security Law and the Power of the Purse. (With Peter Raven-Hansen.) New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

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