Public International Law of Cyberspace

Recommended text book:
Public International Law of Cyberspace
by Kriangsak Kittichaisaree

This course examines the international legal regulation of both the conduct of States among themselves and conduct towards individuals, in relation to the use of cyberspace. The course introduces the perspectives of various stakeholders and the challenges for international law. The course discusses state responsibility and key cyberspace rights issues, and addresses cyber warfare, espionage, crime and terrorism. The course also covers the situation of non-State actors and quasi-State actors (such as IS, or ISIS, or ISIL) and concludes with a consideration of future prospects for the international law of cyberspace. Course participants may explore international rules in the areas of jurisdiction of States in cyberspace, responsibility of States for cyber activities, human rights in the cyber world, permissible responses to cyber attacks, and more. Other topics addressed include the rules of engagement in cyber warfare, suppression of cyber crimes, permissible limits of cyber espionage, and suppression of cyber-related terrorism. The course feature explanations of case law from various jurisdictions, against the background of real-life cyber-related incidents across the globe. With the textbook written by an internationally recognized practitioner in the field, the course objectively guides course participants through on-going debates on cyber-related issues against the background of international law.

This course will appeal to a wide audience, from international lawyers to students of international law, military strategists, law enforcement officers, policy makers and the lay person.

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