March 20, 2006

Case Western Reserve University School of Law conference to simulate attack on nation's food supply

Panelists to include government officials, academics, and other experts from the U.S. and Canada

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation has largely focused its security efforts on preventing further acts of physical destruction. But warfare in the 21st century is likely to take many different forms, including the use of biological weapons on the nation's food supply.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law will explore the implications of an agricultural attack in an upcoming conference titled, "The Fifth Plague—A Counter-Terrorism Simulation." The day-long event will feature representatives from the Federal and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (FEMA and OEMA), law enforcement agencies, health commissions, the media, and other agencies and organizations from the U.S. and Canada.

Co-sponsored by the law school's Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy (IGSLP) and the Law-Medicine Center, the symposium will take place Friday, March 31 from 8:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. at the law school, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public and 6.5 hours of CLE credit will be available for lawyers who attend. It will be webcast live on the Internet. Viewing information is available at http://

"We are very excited to host this unusual and thought-provoking symposium," said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. "It exemplifies the creativity and hard work our faculty and students consistently demonstrate in developing programs that respond to events in the wider world."

"As the United States has learned, warfare no longer consists solely of nations attacking other nations with bombs and bullets," notes Professor Amos Guiora, IGSLP director. "Our goal in hosting this exercise is to help government officials and the public to think about the possibility of another form of attack and what the consequences of such an act of aggression might be."

Among the speakers and role-players will be officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, a federal judge, and journalists. Symposium participants will simulate responses to an agricultural attack from the initial stage through national and international implications. Each of the four sessions will begin with a five-minute "news program" advancing the simulation and adding new perspectives. Simulations will be followed by brief question and answer periods.

Keynoting the symposium will be Lawrence Gostin, professor and director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health, and professor of law and associate dean for research and academic programs at Georgetown University Law Center.

A full agenda and list of participants can be viewed at Registration is available online at, or by faxing name and contact information to (216) 368-1430. For more information call (216) 368-6619 or e-mail

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 20, 2006 03:33 PM | News Topics: Conferences/Symposia, Events, HeadlinesMain, Public Policy/Politics

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