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The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3)
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140


Research seminar on Cyber Espionage and International Law

Lecture by Dr.Russell J Buchan (University of Sheffield)

Time: Tuesday 20 May at 12.15 - 14.00

Venue: Room P669 (Yliopistonkatu 3, Porthania 6th floor)

The event is open to everyone, no registration is needed.

Abstract: This seminar has two main objectives. First, to argue that cyber espionage represents a threat to international peace and security and is thus a practice that is in need of international regulation. Second, to address the extent to which international law prohibits cyber espionage. In particular, this seminar focuses upon whether and to what extent the prohibitions against non-intervention  and the non use of force apply to cyber espionage. This paper concludes that whilst cyber espionage does not trigger the prohibition against the use of force, it does violate the non-intervention rule, and is thus a practice that is contrary to international law'.


Russell Buchan holds a PhD in international law from the University of Bristol. Russell has published widely in leading academic journals in the field of public international law, with a focus on collective security, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and cyber security. Russell sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the Use of Force in International Law and the International Community Law Review. Russell’s monograph was published by Hart Publishing in 2013 and is entitled International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace, and was the recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Francis Lieber Prize for an outstanding monograph in the field of the Law of Armed Conflict


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