Duration: September 2019-June 2024
Co-sponsors: Cyber Policy Institute, EUISS, Microsoft (individual project-based activities)
Researcher: Eneken Tikk

International life is conditioned by the development and uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Knowledge and awareness are generated and processed through complex social and technical systems directly involving more than half of the world’s population.

This project is interested in the interrelationship between sustainable digital development, cybersecurity and international law. It is preoccupied with how digital technologies support, promote or disrupt societal processes, how corporations and governments make use of ICTs for development or power projection, how individuals’ rights and freedoms are protected online. 1nternat10nal law examines how law can be applied to people, infrastructures, technology and processes involved in the development and use of ICTs, and which developments in the development and use of these technologies lead to new ways of thinking about or advancing international law.

Acknowledging that for some time now, the law pertaining to ICTs, or “cyber law” has been regarded as a relatively specialized field of expertise, this project invites a collaborative and mainstreaming approach to the intersection of law and technology. It seeks to build activities and programs that allow discussions and exchange between all interested scholars, professionals, students and stakeholders.

Further conceding that issues of law and digital technologies are highly politicized and, in some states, securitized, the 1nternat10nal law project seeks to increase public awareness about processes and venues that address the development of international law with regard to particular developments and uses of these technologies.

The project invites broad participation from scholars and practitioners to define areas and issues of digital development and cybersecurity that international law can play a role in resolving. More broadly, the project invites discussion and collaboration for promoting responsible uses of digital technologies. Its outcomes include a more inclusive expert dialogue on the subject, wider collaboration between scholars and practitioners, and a more critical debate. All interested scholars and experts are invited to join developing a mass open online course on international law and cybersecurity, a reference curriculum, teaching materials on various aspects and issues, an edited volume on international law and digital peace and security, regular events and papers on the subject.

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