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Countering cyber terrorism in a time of 'war on words': Kryptonite for the protection of digital rights?

This collection includes six short policy-focused contributions exploring how legislation and policy on counter cyber terrorism unfold at the national level in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, and at the regional level of the European Union.

Fabio Cristiano, Dennis Broeders and Daan Weggemans (editors)
26 October 2020
Download the policy brief from the website of The Hague Program of Cyber Norms

The selection of the five permanent members (P5) of the United Nations Security Council as case studies stems from the recognition of their role as prominent normative actors of international cyber security. Additionally, these cases are also representative of the different, and strongly opposed, narratives at play. In addition to these national snapshots, the case of the European Union has been included because it offers the possibility to reflect on the 'regional' level, as well as to widen the analysis to an increasingly important normative actor for coordinated counter terrorism policy. Each of these contributions tackles the following questions: do national security legislations explicitly refer to cyber terrorism?; what are the boundaries set for the phenomenon?; in which situations does this framework get enacted?; what is the relationship between counter terrorism legislation and other legislation on the cyber element?

About the authors

Krisztina Huszti-Orban is a research fellow at the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School and senior legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

Gareth Mott is lecturer in Security and Intelligence in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent’s Rutherford College.

Siodhbhra Parkin is China program manager at the Global Network for Public Interest Law, where she specializes in civil society engagement and legal advocacy issues.

Eva Claessen is doctoral researcher in Russia Studies at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS).

Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi is researcher in international law and counter-terrorism at the T.M.C. Asser Institute and managing editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.

Stef Wittendorp is lecturer and researcher at Leiden University and a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen.

About the editors

Fabio Cristiano is postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and a fellow of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at Leiden University.

Dennis Broeders is associate professor of security and technology and senior fellow of The Hague Program for Cyber Norm at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Daan Weggemans is program director of the BA in Security Studies and a researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University/Campus The Hague.

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