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State Sovereignty and Cyberspace: What Role for International Law?


Does international law apply in cyberspace?

The meeting last June of the “2016-2017 UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security” (GGE) reached a dead end. The GGE failed to endorse even the simple premise that international law applies to cyberspace. The Group, which had been given the mandate by the UN General Assembly to study “how international law applies to the use of information and communications technologies by States” will not be able to fulfill its mission.

This disappointing development surfaces a debate that has been lurking for quite a while. Continue reading