The challenges of cyber warfare to the laws of armed conflict : humanitarian impact and regulation attempts
Glasgow : University of Glasgow, 2016
69 p. : tabl. ; 31 cm
LLM dissertation, University of Glasgow. - Photocopies. - Bibliographie : p. 64-69
In the context of an overwhelming reliance of military capacities on computer systems and digital networks, the potential threat of cyber warfare seems to gradually leave the domain of science-fiction and open war-fighting to a fifth digital domain beyond land, sea, air and outer space. If the applicability of international law and the core principles of international humanitarian law (IHL) to cyberspace is not controversial, challenges appears when we try to find out “how” these fundamental humanitarian principles will work out in this new domain. Shortcomings in relation to the “uniqueness” of cyberspace already appear with the current rules of IHL, particularly in the light of an effective protection for civilian networks. Despite the unstoppable involvement of cyber capacities in future warfare and the challenges it represent for the rule of the law in IHL, the absence of clear and global standards of “cyber conduct” is striking. Potential solutions for regulation and adaptability of IHL to these new technologies are also inquired.