Tallinn Manual on International Law Applied to Cyber Warfare

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Stefano Mele

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Written at the invitation of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence by an independent ‘International Group of Experts’, the draft version of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare is the result of a three-year effort to examine how extant international law norms apply to this ‘new’ form of warfare.

The Tallinn Manual pays particular attention to the jus ad bellum, the international law governing the resort to force by States as an instrument of their national policy, and the jus in bello, the international law regulating the conduct of armed conflict (also labeled the law of war, the law of armed conflict, or international humanitarian law). 

Related bodies of international law, such as the law of State responsibility and the law of the sea, are dealt within the context of these topics.

The Tallinn Manual is not an official document, but instead an expression of opinions of a group of independent experts acting solely in their personal capacity. 

It does not represent the views of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, their Sponsoring Nations, or NATO.

It is also not meant to reflect NATO doctrine. Nor does it reflect the position of any organization or State represented by observers.

Read the draft version of the Tallin Manual here:

Cross-posted from Stefano Mele

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