Malicious state-sponsored cyber activities are prolific, both in war zones like Ukraine and in peacetime contexts such as elections. They can cripple markets, paralyze critical infrastructure such as hospitals, energy supplies and transport, and compromise national security.
The UK was one of the first countries to set out its views on how international law applies in cyberspace in a speech by former UK attorney general Jeremy Wright at Chatham House in 2018.
At this event, current UK attorney general Suella Braverman builds on that foundation, setting out how the principle of non-intervention applies in key sectors and how states that are targeted by malicious cyberattacks can lawfully respond.
The following questions are considered:
What are the most concerning examples of cyber behaviours that could be unlawful in peacetime
What is the role of countermeasures and other response options?
How can the international community strengthen the international legal framework to counter malign activity in cyberspace?
This event is co-hosted with the International Law Programme (ILP), which works on the application of international law to cyberspace.
Read the research on The Application of International Law to State Cyberattacks.