The International Law of Cyber Conflict

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

Class Unique: 29355

This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.  Please note that this course might become online-only in the event that actual in-person attendance during the semester consistently falls below a threshold to be determined in the exercise of reasonable discretion by the instructor and the Student Affairs Office.

For Spring 2021: If you are enrolled in Prof. Huffman's Privacy Law class and would like to add this to your schedule, please email to request a time conflict override. This is a special one-time exception allowed for these two classes only, space permitting.

This course is an introduction to how international law applies to hostile cyber activities by States and non-State actors during both peacetime and armed conflict.  Topics addressed range from sovereignty in cyberspace to cyber armed conflict.  It also addresses the responses available to States -- such as retorsion, countermeasures, necessity, and self-defense -- when responding to hostile cyber operations.  The course draws on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 project, which resulted in a restatement of the law drafted over seven years by an international group of experts.

Class Details

Short course from 4/23/21 through 5/1/21

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday, Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm TNH 3.142
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Floating (administered by Faculty Assistant)

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations
      Cambridge University Press , edition: 2
      ISBN: 978-1-316-63037-2   (required)