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National Security Crisis Law Simulation 2.0

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Published on Jul 24, 2012

With a smallpox outbreak suggesting bio-terrorism, counterintelligence measures to shut down computer servers abroad, a nuclear reactor meltdown, suspicious cargo entering North Atlantic waters and reported cases of typhoid — all fictitious — 26 students in Professor Laura Donohue's National Security Crisis Law class navigated this adrenaline-fueled, simulated exercise. The role of President of the United States was played by none other than Dean Treanor.

The National Security Law Crisis Simulation 2.0 is the second such event sponsored by Georgetown Law since 2010. Professor Laura Donohue, volunteer educators, experts and Georgetown staff produced what has now become an impressive, high-tech simulation. The exercise served as a cutting-edge opportunity to test students' understanding of criminal law, counterterrorism, wartime powers and anti-drug laws — as well as their political mettle — in a controlled, academic environment. Students gained a useful, realistic glimpse inside the workings of national security law. "We need to create a training ground for them when the stakes aren't as high as they will be when they leave Georgetown and enter national security law as a field," says Donohue.

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