The International Law of Cyber Conflict

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Meeting Times

Day Time
FRI, SAT 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Take-home 9-24 hrs


Same as LAW 279P, The International Law of Cyber Conflict.

This course only meets in person on February 9-10 and March 1-2.

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 operations during 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. The instructor directed that effort, to update to which will be completed in late 2026.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations *
Michael N. Schmitt
Cambridge University Press , edition: 2
ISBN: 978-1-316-82252-4


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
12/06/2023 Instructor(s) updated
12/06/2023 Course date range updated
08/16/2023 New Course