Although the ideas of cyber warfare and of computer network attack are very new, there is growing awareness of the significant issues they raise in the modern world.
The Australian Government is not alone in acknowledging the threat of cyber attacks and the need to develop cyber security capability. Accordingly, there is a strong interest, particularly among Canberra communities, in anticipating potential legal issues that might arise in cyber warfare and in consolidating knowledge as to the applicability of existing rules of international law in this particular context.
An internationally renowned international humanitarian law and weapons law scholar who has recently participated in a central role in the preparation of the Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare, Dr Bill Boothby has kindly agreed to visit Australia to teach this course.
The course which will identify and assess the extent to which norms of existing law can properly be applied to the peculiarities of cyber operations.
The course will draw on elements of general international law, the international law that governs the recourse to armed force and international humanitarian law, all in the specific context of cyber warfare.
Through this course, students will develop advanced specialised knowledge of international law as applicable to cyber warfare. To that end, a participant who has successfully completed this course will:
1) Develop a sound understanding of the various international law rules that apply to cyber warfare;
2) Demonstrate cognitive skills to critically analyse the hypothetical cyber warfare scenarios; and
3) Be able to undertake an in-depth examination of international law issues arising in the context of cyber warfare.
Goals, criteria and proposed assessment methods, including the provision of effective feedback to students after the course (or during the semester), and how assessment will relate to teaching methods and course objectives.
10% - Class participation, including presenting/discussing group solutions to set vignettes
25% - Oral Presentation at end of course
65% - split equally between two essays to be submitted respectively 3 weeks and 6 weeks after the final day of the course.
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Students are expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week prior to the commencement of the course for preparation and after the course in order to complete assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in January 2013). A reading list will be distributed to the students a few weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 3
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|8642||20 Oct 2014||20 Oct 2014||31 Oct 2014||04 Dec 2014||In Person|