Research handbook on international law and cyberspace
Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar, 2015
In this chapter, Louise Arimatsu addresses how cyber conflicts should be classified under international humanitarian law and, most notably, whether cyber conflicts give rise to an international or non-international armed conflict. This inquiry involves consideration of whether cyber attacks satisfy the requirement of "international", "armed" and "attack" for the purpose of international armed conflict. In relation to non-international armed conflict, the key questions are whether cyber groups can be regarded as "organised" and whether cyber conflict can be ever sufficient intensity to trigger international humanitarian law.