Cyber & Emerging Technologies Workshop

Date: 23 – 27 June 14
Location: Victoria Barracks, Sydney, AUS
Resources: Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare

The Cyber Law and other Emerging Technologies Workshop is a foundation level course, to be run by the APCML for the first time in 2014. The workshop is intended to provide an introduction to those legal issues related to cyber conflict and computer network operations, ranging from cyber espionage to cyber warfare. It will focus on the impact of new technologies on the legal landscape, and how the law of war is applied to military operations in cyberspace.

Specific topics to be covered during the workshop include: a. the international legal environment for cyber and space operations; b. an overview of computer network operations, including issues relating to the use of force and armed attack; c. the application of the law of armed conflict to actors (state and non-state) and military activities in cyberspace; d. the challenge of state responsibility in cyberspace; e. the purpose and objectives of the National Cyber Strategy; f. weapons law and the evaluation of new weapons under Article 36 of Additional Protocol I; g. developments in weapon technology, including unmanned and autonomous weapon systems, and associated legal issues; and h. an overview of the societal and ethical implications of advancements in technology.

What participants in the 2014 program had to say about the course

  • “The information it [the Course] gives was masterfully presented by competent speakers. The classroom atmosphere is very conducive for learning”
  • “The way lectures were given was effective, where the exercises had an important role in the consolidation of the concepts which were given”
  • “The inclusion of international students gave a wider appreciation of cyber issues and their national legal, operational and cultural perspectives on the subject matter.”