Cyber & Technology
AJIL Online Symposium on Sovereignty in Relation to Cyber Operations
AJIL Unbound, which supplements the American Journal of International Law’s print edition by publishing short, original essays online, today posted a symposium on sovereignty, cyber operations, and the Tallinn Manual 2.0. The symposium includes an introduction by Tom Ginsburg and essays by Gary Corn & Robert Taylor, Michael Schmitt & Liis Vihul, Phil Spector, and Ahmed Ghappour.
In their essays, the contributors explore and debate the nature of sovereignty in the cyber context. One key question – on which some of the contributors disagree – is whether sovereignty constitutes a stand-alone, binding international legal norm that states violate when they engage in certain cyber operations that fall below the level of a use of force, or, alternatively, whether sovereignty is a principle that simply informs other primary international rules of conduct. This is an important debate, one that the essays frame well.