Promoting International Cybersecurity Cooperation: Lessons from the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

13 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017 Last revised: 26 Jan 2018

Duncan B. Hollis

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Matthew C. Waxman

Columbia Law School

Date Written: January 26, 2018

Abstract

Global efforts by states to cooperate through international rules in combating cyber threats have generated mixed results, at best. In this paper, we examine the architecture of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) as a possible model for future cybersecurity cooperation among interested states. We identify several features of PSI's architecture (rather than its substantive focus on non-proliferation) for further analysis, including PSI's low entry costs, tiered structure, and flexibility, as well as its leveraging of both territorial jurisdiction and state consent. We conclude that, despite several hurdles visible in the scope of its membership and its legal framework, the PSI still offers worth-while parallels to draw upon, suggesting a new framework that could allow interested states to further cooperate in addressing current cyberthreats.

Keywords: Cybersecurity, International Law, Proliferation Security Initiative

Suggested Citation

Hollis, Duncan B. and Waxman, Matthew C., Promoting International Cybersecurity Cooperation: Lessons from the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) (January 26, 2018). Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Forthcoming; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-568; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082907

Duncan B. Hollis (Contact Author)

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Matthew C. Waxman

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