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Cyberspace and International Humanitarian Law

  • American Red Cross 430 17th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

International law regulating the conduct of hostilities developed in response to conventional kinetic weaponry. As virtual technologies become increasingly prominent in the practice and discourse of armed conflict, questions arise as to whether, and if so how, the framework of international humanitarian law applies to operations conducted in and through cyberspace.

Military doctrine now considers cyberspace one of five interdependent domains through which military forces must be able to defend and operate just as they have traditionally done in the physical domains of air, land, maritime, and space. Having said this, conducting operations in cyberspace continues to present a number of unique operational, and legal challenges. This training will highlight some of these challenges and in doing so, provide participants with an understanding of how international humanitarian law applies to cyber operations. The training will explore what is meant by the terms ‘cyber space’, ‘cyber warfare’ and ‘cyber attack’, and consider how jus in bello principles of distinction and neutrality might translate to cyber operations.

Event Details

  • Date: August 22, 2017

  • When: 12:00 - 1:30 PM

  • Where: American National Red Cross, Room LL20