The Nature of International Law Cyber Norms

Tallinn Papers No. 5 (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Dec. 2014)

35 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2014

See all articles by Michael N. Schmitt

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

Liis Vihul

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

The special expanded issue of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence's Tallinn Papers examines the nature, formation and evolution of international legal norms governing cyber activities. The inquiry’s foundational premise is that the rules of international law governing cyber activities are identical to those applicable to other types of conduct. Any differences in their explication and application are the product of the unique nature of cyber activities, not a variation in the legal strictures that shape their content and usage. It conducts the examination by genre of legal norm: treaty, customary law and general principles.

Keywords: Cyber, international law

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Michael N. and Vihul, Liis, The Nature of International Law Cyber Norms (December 1, 2014). Tallinn Papers No. 5 (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Dec. 2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543520

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

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Liis Vihul

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence ( email )

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Tallinn, 10132
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