Sovereignty in Cyberspace: Lex Lata Vel Non?

111 American Journal of International Law Unbound 213 (2017)

6 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2017

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Michael N. Schmitt

University of Reading School of Law; Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point

Liis Vihul

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Date Written: August 22, 2017

Abstract

The article presents a summary of the argument that sovereignty is a primary rule of international law that is applicable to cyber activities. By this view, certain remote cyber operations against State or private cyber infrastructure constitute internationally wrongful acts. The article responds to another piece in an AJIL Unbound forum taking the opposite position.

Keywords: sovereignty, cyber

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Michael N. and Vihul, Liis, Sovereignty in Cyberspace: Lex Lata Vel Non? (August 22, 2017). 111 American Journal of International Law Unbound 213 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3024405

Michael N. Schmitt (Contact Author)

University of Reading School of Law ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

Lieber Institute, USMA at West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

Liis Vihul

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence ( email )

Filtri tee 12
Tallinn, 10132
Estonia

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