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

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Michael N. Schmitt

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

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

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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

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study of International Law ( email )

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Newport, RI 02841
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Faculty/Michael-Schmitt.aspx

University of Exeter Law School ( email )

Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/staff/mschmitt/

Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point ( email )

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West Point, NY 10996
United States

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