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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 to which international legal rules govern activities in the ever-evolving and still mysterious ‘cyber domain’ or ‘sphere’. As things stand, there is widespread agreement that international law applies in cyberspace. This view can be confirmed not only on the basis of numerous position papers by individual states, but also by looking at the outputs of multi-lateral fora, such as the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security (GGE) and the UN Open-Ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG, see Revised Pre-Draft Report, § 7). Thus, it appears that the main…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko Before the European Court of Human Rights

In more extraterritoriality news, the Guardian recently reported that the widow of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed in London in 2006 by Russian agents using a radioactive poison, has revived the claim she had previously filed against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights: The widow of Alexander Litvinenko has submitted…

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