- Code LAWS8035
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, International Affairs, International Security
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr William Boothby
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2020
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of various international law rules that apply to cyber warfare;
- Demonstrate cognitive skills to critically analyse the hypothetical cyber warfare scenarios;
- Critically analyse and evaluate international law issues arising from the employment of cyber operations; and
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship with respect to legal issues arising in the context of cyber warfare.
- Class participation, including presenting/discussing group solutions to set vignettes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral Presentation at end of course (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Two essays (2,500 words each) (65) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare (Cambridge University Press).
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