Cyber Terrorism

RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND CYBERSPACE, N. Tsagourias and R. Buchan, eds., Edward Elgar, 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 14/11

19 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014 Last revised: 17 Aug 2015

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Ben Saul

The University of Sydney Law School

Kathleen Heath

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: January 28, 2014

Abstract

Cyber terrorism has not been specifically prohibited or criminalised at the international level. Nonetheless, there is no lacuna in international law that leaves cyber terrorism completely unregulated or unpunished. This paper surveys the legal framework governing cyber terrorism at international law, considering both existing sectoral and regional anti-terrorism treaties, and the incomplete UN Draft Comprehensive Anti-Terrorism Convention. It then questions whether there is a need for a more specific international cyber terrorism instrument. The utility of such an instrument will depend on the gravity of the threat of cyber terrorism, the scale of technical challenges in addressing that threat, the stigmatizing value of such a convention, the possible human rights implications, and the possible sequencing in the conclusion of other relevant international standards bearing on the problem.

Keywords: cyber terrorism, international law, counter-terrorism

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Saul, Ben and Heath, Kathleen, Cyber Terrorism (January 28, 2014). RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND CYBERSPACE, N. Tsagourias and R. Buchan, eds., Edward Elgar, 2015; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 14/11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2387206

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Kathleen Heath

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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