September 29, 2006

Case School of Law receives quarter of a million dollar DOJ counterterrorism grant

Funds will be used to help promote cooperation between U.S. and foreign prosecutors in terrorism cases

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Amos N. Guiora

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $246,807.00 to the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. The funds will be used by Case to promote cooperation between U.S. and foreign prosecutors in terrorism cases.

The project, named The Professional Education for Terrorism Trials Program, will be led by Professors Amos N. Guiora and Gregory S. McNeal. Guiora, an expert in global approaches to counterterrorism, is Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. He will supervise the program as principal investigator and serve as liaison to government officials. McNeal is Assistant Director of the Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law. He will serve as executive director of the program, managing its development and overseeing all operations. Guiora and McNeal co-teach the Counterterrorism Prosecution Lab at the School of Law and wrote the grant application in the spring of 2006.

The Professional Education for Terrorism Trials Program will include a comprehensive study to gauge current levels of cooperation between U.S. and foreign prosecutors. It will analyze challenges officials worldwide face in promoting close cooperation and it will determine what education is needed to successfully conduct terrorist prosecutions.

The program will then facilitate an international summit to provide professional education for prosecutors, and to create opportunities for collaboration and networking. During this summit participants will partake in simulations related to actual and potential terrorist cases, share lessons learned, and identify opportunities for collaboration in the future.

Finally, the Professional Education for Terrorism Trials Program will conclude with a final report on the results of the comprehensive study, the effectiveness of the transnational educational summit, and the opportunities for future collaboration and cooperation between prosecutors.

"Case is the perfect law school to provide this education to prosecutors," Guiora said. "Our top international law programs and unparalleled global reputation make the law school a perfect fit, and we're pleased that DOJ has turned to us."

In recent years Case became the only law school selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide the prosecution with research regarding the prosecution of alleged terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Case also is the only law school to provide research for the prosecution in every international war crimes tribunal. These tribunals include the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and the Iraqi Special Tribunal. Recently, Case also entered into an agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide legal research and simulation support for Coast Guard Homeland Security exercises.

For more information call (216) 368-0055, visit the Institute's website at http://law.case.edu/centers/igslp, or email amos.guiora@case.edu or gregory.mcneal@case.edu or contact Laura M. Massie (216) 368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, September 29, 2006 02:38 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Grants, HeadlinesMain, Philanthropy, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, Research

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