The International Law of Cyber Conflict

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
FRI, SAT 9:30 am - 5:00 pm TNH 2.137

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Take-home exam 9-24 hrs (administered by Faculty Coordinator) April 27, 2023


Same as LAW 279P, The International Law of Cyber Conflict. This class only meets in person on four dates: March 31, April 1, April 21, and April 22; there are additional assignments and course expectations throughout the semester (January 13 - April 22).

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 include, inter alia, sovereignty, State responsibility, intervention, due diligence, use of force, human rights, and international humanitarian law in the cyber context. It also addresses the responses available to States -- such as retorsion, countermeasures, intervention, necessity, use of force 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. The instructor was a member of both the Tallinnn 1.0 and Tallinn 2.0 groups of experts and continues to lecture around the world on international law and cyber operations.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations *
Schmitt, M.
Cambridge University Press , edition: 2nd
ISBN: 9781316822524


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
01/12/2023 Course date range updated
12/12/2022 Course date range updated
12/09/2022 Instructor(s) updated