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“The Fifth Plague”
Frederick K. Cox International Law Symposium
Co-sponsored by
the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy and the Law-Medicine Center
MAR 31, 2006
8:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

The Fifth Plague is a unique simulation-based counter-terrorism conference dealing with a bioterrorism attack. Participants, who include local, state, national and international officials, will be asked to "role play" their response to an agricultural-based attack. Issues that will be addressed include: legal questions of authority and powers of various agencies; cooperation among different branches of the government and between the U.S. and Canada; and responses to an actual attack.
Speaker Information
Keynote Address
Lawrence Gostin
John Carroll Research Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health

Lawrence GostinProfessor Gostin has led major law reform initiatives for the United States government, including the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism and other emerging health threats. As an elected lifetime member of the Institute of Medicine, he serves on its board on health promotion and disease prevention. Professor Gostin also consults for the World Health Organization and UNAIDS (a joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS) and is a research fellow for the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University. The latest of his numerous published books is The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations (2004).

Featured Participants
Theodore R. Wasky
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Stuart Rifkind
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA Region V)
Tom O’Hara
The Plain Dealer
Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times (Washington Bureau)
Captain Kenneth J. Baca
Medina County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office
Melvin R. House
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Leah C. Dorman
DVM, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry
Hon. Kathleen O’Malley
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Gloria Mintah
Legal Services, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Additional Information
An Interdisciplinary Approach
This annual forum for interdisciplinary study of contemporary issues is presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. With a focus on bioterrorism, this year's symposium is co-sponsored by two other centers for a multi-faceted approach. The newly established Institute for Global Security Law and Policy is designed to be a leading research and resource center concerning terrorism. The Law-Medicine Center has a long history of interdisciplinary study, work and collaboration with other fields on cutting-edge issues. Health law is increasingly important as potential responses to bioterrorism and other national security and disaster threats are sought.

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