Perspectives on cyber operations outside of the context of armed conflict and the applicability of international law.
Michael Adams is a partner at McGuireWoods. He previously served as Special Adviser to the Judge Advocate General for International and Operational Law and as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he advised Chairmen Dempsey and Dunford and their staffs on matters of international and national security law affecting military operations, including the law of armed conflict and cyberspace, maritime, intelligence, special operations, and other U.S. Department of Defense activities. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LL.M.), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and the United States Naval Academy (B.S.).
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Public attribution of cyberattacks, such as WannaCry, should be followed by more detailed analysis about how these attacks should be treated under international law.
Is the Administration publicly acknowledging that the law has its limits and that other factors outweighed the constraints of international law in this instance?