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March 2, 2017

Exeter Law School academic publishes global authoritative work on cyber behaviour

Exeter Law SchoolAn expert from the University of Exeter has published the first comprehensive legal guide for cyber behaviour. This guide – called Tallinn Manual 2.0 – covers the legal rules concerning behaviour in cyber space and will be used by governments all over the world.

Tallinn 2.0 analyses how existing international law applies to cyberspace, and it was overseen by Professor Michael Schmitt of Exeter Law School who directed a team of international legal experts to create this unique publication. Developed from a 2013 project called Tallinn Manual 1.0 which explored how laws govern online warfare between nations, Tallinn Manual 2.0 includes guidance on how countries should operate in cyberspace.

Talking about Tallinn 2.0 Professor Schmitt explains, “We had verbal and written feedback from many government lawyers, which shows how important this work is to them. Among the key issues we addressed were sovereignty, human rights, and the legal responsibility of States for the actions of non-State actors, such as terrorists and hacker groups. Tallinn Manual 2.0 serves as a legal road map for assessing the cyber operations of other States under international law and crafting a legal response to them. Of course different governments will have different views on how they should tackle these incidents, but they are obliged to respect law when they engage in cyber operations, whether offensive or defensive in nature.”

As part of the research for this publication Professor Schmitt and his team had meetings with officials from over 50 nations and international organizations, including China and Russia. This research was sponsored by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence as well as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tallinn 2.0 is published by Cambridge University Press.

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Content added on 2nd March 2017.

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