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Cyber Operations and the Use of Force in International Law

Marco Roscini


The internet has changed the rules of many industries, and war is no exception. But can a computer virus be classed as an act of war? Does a Denial of Service attack count as an armed attack? And does a state have a right to self-defence when cyber attacked? With the range and sophistication of cyber operations against states dramatically increasing in recent times, Dr Marco Roscini’s timely book investigates the traditional concepts of ‘use of force’, ‘armed attack’ and ‘armed conflict’ and, through a comprehensive analysis of primary documents as well as through an extensive literature searc ... More

Keywords: cyber warfare, cyber operations, international law, use of force, international humanitarian law, computer virus, neutrality, United Nations Charter, self-defence, cyber attack

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Roscini, author
Reader in International Law, University of Westminster