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Enhancing International Cyber Stability: Regional developments in the Asia Pacific

  • Caitríona Heinl
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

In considering next steps for international negotiations on cybersecurity and the development of norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, this lecture will first examine the impact of general dynamics of regional stability and the international security environment. It will then highlight several short and longer term cyber-specific challenges in the region that could impact international negotiations and attempts to develop common views following the 2017 United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) inability to achieve consensus.

The second part of the lecture will focus upon the role of regional efforts in promoting common views. It will consider regional activities in cyber and regional perspectives on cyber norms given the recent increase in attention on regional activities as stepping-stones to progress beyond the UN GGE. This includes an outline of pertinent developments in the regional security architecture such as regional actors’ national perspectives, and movements at bilateral and other multilateral levels as well as within regional bodies such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN, ADMM/ADMM-Plus, and SCO. It will briefly consider inter-regional efforts between the region and other bodies like the OSCE and OAS.

The final part of the lecture will consider next steps and ways to achieve progress regionally to develop common views in the absence of global agreement for international cybersecurity. This will, for instance, include discussions about universalising and implementing norms, and the role of both cyber confidence-building measures and capacity building. 

About the speaker

Caitríona Heinl is a Visiting Fellow of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Caitríona has worked as a Research Fellow on international security cyber issues at NTU Singapore since 2012. Research interests include global cyber policy and emerging technology security challenges such as AI, machine learning and autonomous weapons systems. She publishes policy reports and academic articles, contributes to research projects and frequently addresses global audiences including ASEAN/ARF, OSCE, UN and Track 1.5/Track 2 government events. She is currently responsible for strategy and policy under the Nanyang Business School Cyber Risk Management project, having transferred from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Centre of Excellence for National Security at NTU. 

Caitríona previously led the Justice and Home Affairs policy group and Justice Steering Committee at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland where she was responsible for research on transnational crimes. She qualified as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom (currently non-practising) and is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York. She is a member of the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Policy Network, and holds a non-resident international fellowship with the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre, Canberra. Caitríona holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, having graduated in commerce and law (BBLS) at University College Dublin and the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck Austria with first class honours.


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