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Conference on Cyber Norms 2019: Dealing with Uncertainty

Tuesday 5 November 2019 - Wednesday 6 November 2019
Het Spaansche Hof
Westeinde 12
2512HD The Hague

Registration is now open for our 2019 Conference on Cyber Norms: Dealing with Uncertainty, taking place from 5-6 November 2019 in The Hague.

Dealing with Uncertainty

One way of looking at cyber norms for responsible behaviour is to see them as tools to deal with the uncertainties engrained in the fact that the internet now underpins our societies, economies, vital infrastructures and vital state processes such as elections. This uncertainty can result from the unpredictability of state behaviour – hence the focus on norms for responsible state behaviour – but it can also be traced to the impact of technological developments and/or (new) business models, un- and under-prepared organizations and individuals and a persistent lack of reliable data on the threats and risks to our digital societies. If uncertainty is a central characteristic of (digital) life, then how can states, companies and citizens deal with that uncertainty? How can public instruments such as (international) law, norms and confidence building measures (CBMs) but also private instruments such as insurance, liabilities and (technical) standards contribute to reducing and/or dealing with uncertainty? Also, if the frame of uncertainty and risk applies to international cyber security, then there should be room for categories of acceptable and residual risk in some categories of uncertainty, although we often lack a sense of what that might be. If the frame of (national) security applies, often triggering zero-sum thinking, there is arguably less tolerance for unaddressed uncertainties.

Call for papers

In 2019, we hope to widen the conversation about cyber norms by taking ‘uncertainty’ as the general theme for the annual academic conference of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms. As before we aim to bring together scholars from a diverse range of disciplines including – but not limited to – international relations, international law, economics, political economy, security studies, political sociology, philosophy, political science, science and technology studies and engineering. The key to understanding the development of norms in cyberspace in light of the uncertainties that characterize cyberspace lies in bringing together the various disciplines that it relates to. This call for papers was therefore open to extended abstracts from a wide range of academic disciplines.


You can register online. Payment options are: creditcard (Mastercard, Visa), PayPal or iDeal or or via invoice/bank transfer (for the latter options, please contact conference@thehaguecybernorms.nl before registering). A registration will be confirmed in writing once payment has been received.

Early bird rate!

Take advantage of the special early bird rate of €200 and save €100 on the regular rate (€300). Available until 15 September 2019.

PhD discount

Students and PhD candidates benefit from a special discount of 50% on the regular conference rate (€300). Choose the PhD discount fee of €150 at registration. You will need to send us proof of your (PhD) student status to conference@thehaguecybernorms.nl.

Registration deadline

You can register online until 28 October 2019.

For more information and the terms and conditions, please visit the website of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms.

Contact information

For any questions or more information about the conference, please contact Corianne Oosterbaan, Program Assistant of the The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at c.m.oosterbaan@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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