• 03 June 2013

    Geneva Launch of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare

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    On Monday, 3 June 2013, the GCSP – in cooperation with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDDOE) – hosted the Geneva launch of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

    Written at the invitation of the CCDOE, the Tallinn Manual is the product of a three-year project by twenty renowned international law scholars and practitioners. It examines how existing international law norms apply to conflicts involving, or occurring within, cyberspace. In doing so, the Manual focuses on two bodies of international law: the jus ad bellum that governs states' resort to force as an instrument of their national policy, and the jus in bello that regulates the conduct of armed conflict.

    The Tallinn Manual is not an official document of NATO or its member states, but expresses the opinions of a group of independent experts acting solely in their personal capacity.

    After a short welcome speech delivered by Dr Nils Melzer , Senior Programme Advisor at the GCSP and member of the Tallinn Manual expert group, Mr Lauri Aasmann, Chief of the Legal and Policy Branch of the CCDCOE provided an introductory overview of the centre, the manual and process leading to its completion.

    He was then followed by Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department of the US Naval War College and Director of the Tallinn Manual project, who presented the substance of the Manual and outlined some of the most complex legal challenges which had to be addressed by the authors.

    Towards the end of the launch event, the audience engaged in a lively discussion with the speakers on various questions relating to the application and implementation of international law in cyberspace.


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    From left to right: Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Mr Lauri Aasmann and Dr Nils Melzer


    © 2013 GCSP
    Dr Nils Melzer


    © 2013 GCSP
    Prof. Michael N. Schmitt (left) and Mr Lauri Aasmann (right)


    © 2013 GCSP
    Mr Lauri Aasmann


    © 2013 GCSP
    Prof. Michael N. Schmitt

    Venue: Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) – WMO/OMM Building, Jura Room (3rd Floor) – 7bis, Avenue de la Paix – 1202 Geneva

    For any questions, please contact Ms Anne-Caroline Pissis Martel