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How global is cyber law regulation?




This seminar considers the global dimension to cyber law-making and how we should understand the emerging convergences and fragmentations between systems and practices emerging. The relationship between cybercrime and cybersecurity still constitutes a significant conceptual and practical obstacle between systems. This panel considers comparative legal approaches to cyber law-making and the stumbling blocks as to global regulatory efforts. The panel reflects upon proposals for a London Cyber Court and efforts to locate the infrastructure for a global court within the parameters of law-making systems. European, US, Russian and Chinese approaches to cyber law-making as much as international law are considered and contrasted. Can global regulatory convergence occur before or after its institutionalisation?

Series: Whose Global Law? Comparative, Regional and Methodological Lenses


Elaine Fahey, City Law School


Russell Buchan, 'Sovereignty in the Cyber Era’
Senior Lecturer in International Law, University of Sheffield

François Delerue, Research Fellow in cyberdefense and international law at the Institute for Strategic Research (Insitut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire– IRSEM) Paris, author ‘How International law applies to Cyberspace’ (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)

Alex Gilder, PhD candidate City Law School (discussant)


We all know that international law matters in the real world but if and how international law matters in the cyber world is an open question. Does international law matter in cyberspace? International law is the backbone of international relations and is crucial for maintaining international peace and security. Yet, we may wonder whether a State will consider it as a suitable framework to address a massive cyber operation meddling with a State’s election process, shutting down electricity for thousands of citizens or blowing up an industrial facility on its territory. In recent years, several States have attributed cyber operations to other States, sometimes qualifying them as wrongful acts, but they never detailed which norms of international law had been breached nor used the international legal framework to respond to these acts. Does this mean that the international legal framework is not suitable to address the threats associated with the exponential development of the internet and information and communication technologies? Or is this because States are not clear on how to apply international law to cyberspace?

Robin Sellers, 'The Impact of Cyber Security Issues on Criminal Practice'
Barrister, Senior Lecturer and External CPD Consultant, City Law School, Consultant, Ministry for Justice, France

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6.00pm - 7.30pmTuesday 16th July 2019

AG01 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom