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Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts

Jens David Ohlin, Kevin Govern, and Claire Finkelstein


Cyberweapons and cyberwarfare are one of the most dangerous innovations of recent years, and a significant threat to national security. Cyberweapons can imperil economic, political, and military systems by a single act, or by multifaceted orders of effect, with wide-ranging potential consequences. Cyberwarfare occupies an ambiguous status in the conventions of the laws of war. This book addresses Ethical and legal issues surrounding cyberwarfare by considering whether the Laws of Armed Conflict apply to cyberspace and the ethical position of cyberwarfare against the background of our generally ... More

Keywords: cyberweapons, cyberwarfare, national security, cyber attack, causation, proximate cause, regulatory regimes, laws of war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens David Ohlin, editor
Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Kevin Govern, editor
Associate Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law

Claire Finkelstein, editor
Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

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Part I Foundational Questions of Cyberwar

3 Cyber Causation

Jens David Ohlin

Part II Conceptualizing Cyber Attacks: The Civil-Military Divide

Part III Cybersecurity and International Humanitarian Law: The Ethics of Hacking and Spying

8 Cyber Espionage or Cyberwar?

Christopher S Yoo*

Part IV Responsibility and Attribution in Cyber Attacks

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