Cyber

Page 1 of 4

Filter category

Feature post image

Protecting Societies – Anchoring a new protection dimension in international law during armed conflict: An agenda for discussion

Adversarial military cyber operations carried out during armed conflict can affect the functioning of civilian societies in unprecedented ways, challenging the protective reach of international humanitarian law (IHL). In light of this, we argue for a recognition of new protection needs to shield critical societal processes from military cyber threats in situations of armed conflict. A few examples of recent cyberoperations, all of which occurred in times of peace, leaving us concerned what militarily capable actors might be able to do in situations of armed conflict, will help to set the scene: a DDoS attack against a civilian society (Estonia 2007); operations disrupting the physical operational technology of power grids (Ukraine 2016); crippling ransomware attacks against the IT systems of local administrations, bringing public services in entire cities to a standstill (Baltimore, U.S. 2019); destructive wiper malware that exploits vulnerabilities in ubiquitous operation systems and erases data in essential systems all across the globe, leading to widespread disruptions and massive economic damage (NotPetya 2017); and sustained, concerted digital disinformation…

Read more

Old Habits Die Hard: Applying Existing International Law in Cyberspace and Beyond

In the past few years, a growing number of states have expressed their official positions on the applicability of international law in cyberspace. Most recently, New Zealand and Israel shared their own views on the topic to beef up the crowd. Initiatives of this kind are welcome and contribute to the gradual clarification of the extent…

Read more

Israel’s Cautious Perspective on International Law in Cyberspace: Part II (jus ad bellum and jus in bello)

In Part I of this series, I assessed Israel’s approach to the identification and interpretation of international law in the cyber context, as set forth in an important virtual speech by Israel’s Deputy Attorney General for International Law, Dr. Roy Schöndorf, at the “Disruptive Technologies and International Law” conference hosted by the US Naval War College’s…

Read more

Israel’s Cautious Perspective on International Law in Cyberspace: Part I (Methodology and General International Law)

Last week, Israel’s Deputy Attorney General for International Law, Dr. Roy Schöndorf, delivered an important virtual speech on his nation’s positions regarding the application of international law in cyberspace at the “Disruptive Technologies and International Law” conference hosted by the US Naval War College’s Stockton Center for International Law. The sophisticated presentation described…

Read more

Israel’s perspective on Key Legal and Practical Issues Concerning the Application of International Law to Cyber Operations

Transcript of the keynote speech delivered by Israeli Deputy Attorney General (International Law), Dr. Roy Schöndorf, on 8 December, 2020 at the US Naval War College's event on "Disruptive Technologies and International Law".* I would like to present, here today, Israel's perspective on key aspects of the application of international law in connection…

Read more