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The Law of Cyber warfare: Can The Current Legal Regime Hack It?

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 10:30AM - 02:30PM
Description: Although cross-border attacks on computers and information systems do not involve a physical invasion of sovereign space, incursions such as the Stuxnet virus increasingly seem to serve a similar purpose. The symposium will examine whether cross-border cyberattacks qualify as acts of war under international law, whether the difficulties of distinguishing civilian and military targets require a special legal regime to govern cyber warfare, and how legislation that has been passed or is currently being considered by the U.S. Congress will affect the international context of such attacks. Are the current legal conventions sufficient to regulate this new kind of warfare? If not, then how should international law account for changing technological capacities? How effective are domestic legislative efforts in addressing the burgeoning foreign threats critical infrastructure institutions in the United States face?
Sponsor: the International Law Review and National Security Law Brief
URL: http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/fall/2012/20121108b.cfm
Location: WCL Room 603
Contact Name: SECLE
Contact Phone: 202.274.4075
Contact Email: secle@wcl.american.edu
CLE Credit: Yes
Posted On: 10/25/12

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