Under Pressure: Jus in Bello Norms and Cyber Operations
- Thursday 4 April 2019
2511 DP The Hague
On 4 April 2019, our Visiting Fellow Kubo Mačák will hold a lecture on modern cyber operations and the oldest branch of international law, the law of armed conflict.
About the lecture
This lecture will discuss the challenges that modern cyber operations pose to the oldest branch of international law: the law of armed conflict (jus in bello). It will first respond to the view advanced by some States that jus in bello does not apply in cyberspace at all. Endorsing instead a pro-applicability approach, the lecture will then consider specific issues at the intersection of jus in bello and cyber operations that arise already in peacetime; at the threshold of an armed conflict; and while an armed conflict is underway. Building on ongoing research conducted in collaboration with practitioners and military operators, the lecture will propose specific solutions to those challenges. Overall, the lecture should offer an answer to the central question whether the tipping point has been reached at which the norms of jus in bello are breaking under the pressure of cyber conflict.
About the speaker
Dr. Kubo Mačák is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). He holds a DPhil in international law from the University of Oxford. Kubo has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany), the University of Haifa (Israel), and Wuhan University (China). He has worked at the United Nations ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He is currently serving as a core expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations project. His research interests span international cyber law, international humanitarian law, and general international law. Most recently, Kubo is the author of Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law (OUP 2018).
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