International Cybersecurity Seminar

International law is the framework for nation state behavior and international relations. How this framework applies to cyberspace is an important question which has been debated for years: whether and the extent to which international law applies to cyberspace. Indeed the rapidly evolving nature of cyberspace presents unique challenges in the application of international law to nation states and their interests.

This seminar course will begin by asking whether and the extent to which international law applies to cyberspace. The course will then explore key topics in this area, including: state sovereignty in cyberspace; the law of war and armed conflict as applied to cyber attacks; state authorized cyber espionage; false online information and propaganda campaigns; national and regional cyber strategies; norms of state behavior in cyberspace; international privacy protection regimes; and international cooperation in addressing cybercrime.

In addition to discussing the assigned readings, as outlined in the syllabus, the beginning of every class will be reserved for discussing current events related to international law and cybersecurity. Students are expected to share news stories or other relevant and interesting materials with the class.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course