Public Invited to View Immersive Counterterrorism Simulation, March 29

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will present the sixth annual scenario- based counterterrorism simulation this Friday March 29, 2013, beginning at 8:30 a.m. MDT. The counterterrorism simulation, created by Professor Amos Guiora, is designed to test participants’ ability to identify, address, and solve complex legal, social, and ethical dilemmas relevant to terrorism.

The simulation consists of students from Professor Guiora’s Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism course assigned roles as high-ranking government officials that convene as a counterterrorist task force. For three hours, the students work together as part of the task force, confronting, in real-time, scenarios that include multiple terrorist attacks that occur simultaneously in various locations. The simulation requires participants to make time-sensitive decisions while integrating the rule of law, gathering and analyzing intelligence information, weighing policy considerations, and pondering operational issues.

The student-participants will be tested on various skills focusing on four predominant core skill sets: advocacy and articulation, information management and analysis, decision-making, and teamwork. Guiora, who previously served as Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip in the Israel Defense Force,  states that “the simulation is an invaluable tool to the law students as it provides a ’hands on’ educational opportunity that combines complex legal and policy dilemmas with real-life operational dilemmas.  It’s where theory and practical application meet.”

This year’s simulation will be unique in the fact that the simulation was designed by the College of Law’s newly created yearlong Simulation Design class. The class, taught by Professor Guiora and Aaron Dewald, Associate Director of the College of Law’s Center for Legal Innovation, is open to law students who participated in the prior year’s simulation.

The counterterrorism simulation will be streamed live. In previous years, the simulation has been viewed by thousands of people around the world. This year the students will be divided into three groups. The first team simulation begins at 8:30 am MDT, the second at 12:00 p.m., and the third at 3:30 p.m.