RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND CYBERSPACE, N. Tsagourias and R. Buchan, eds., Edward Elgar, 2015
19 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014 Last revised: 17 Aug 2015
Date Written: January 28, 2014
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
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