Computer Network Attack and the Use of Force in International Law: Thoughts on a Normative Framework

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Michael N. Schmitt

University of Reading School of Law; Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point; Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

Examines computer network attack (cyber operations) from the perspective of the law governing the use of force in international law, the jus ad bello. Particular attention paid to the use of force (article 2(4) of the UN Charter) and the law of self-defense (article 51). Proposes a framework for applying the law in the context of cyber operations.

Keywords: computer, network, cyber, jus an bellum, use of force, international law, self-defense, self-defence, collective security

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Michael N., Computer Network Attack and the Use of Force in International Law: Thoughts on a Normative Framework (1999). Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 37, 1998-99, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1603800

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