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Date, Venue and Registration

The Symposium will be held online on the 4th December 2020, using the MS Teams platform. To register for the event, please send a short email with your name and affiliation to On the day of the event, you will also be able to join via this Link.

Agenda of the ESIL Kraków-Leiden-Symposium (Kraków event)

9:30 – 9:45 (Central European Time, CET) – Welcome and opening speeches

9:45 – 11:15 – Panel 1: Obligations of States in Cyberspace

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Veronika Bilkova, Charles University Prague, ESIL Secretary-General
1. States’ Duty of Due Diligence in Cyberspace
Dr. Antonio Coco
University of Essex and Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr. Talita de Souza Dias
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
2. The laws of neutrality in Cyber space: are we heading for a Cyber Alabama?
Dr. Jan Lemnitzer
Lecturer, Department of Digitalisation, Copenhagen Business School
3. Violations of Sovereignty: Towards a distinction as between non-interference and non-intervention?
Ms. Aude Géry
University of Rouen
4. Clashing Assertions of Sovereignty in Cyberspace
Dr. Henning Lahmann
Digital Society Institute ESMT Berlin
11:15 – 11:30 – virtual “Coffee Break”
11:30 – 13:00 – Panel 2: International Humanitarian Law in Cyberspace
Moderator: dr hab. Marcin Marcinko, Jagiellonian University
4. The Applicability of Customary Neutrality Laws in Cyberspace
Mr. Noam Neuman
Director, Law of Armed Conflict Division, Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law), Ministry of Justice, Israel*
5. ‘Objects’ 2.0? The Legal Status of Computer Data under International Humanitarian Law
Mr. Ori Pomson
Assistant Legal Adviser for Cyber Affairs, International Law Department, Military Advocate General’s Corps, Israel Defence Forces*
6. The effects of cyber-attacks and the achievement of definite military advantage
Dr. Piotr Łubiński
Pedagogical University of Kraków
* The speakers present their papers in a personal capacity and their views do not necessarily reflect the views of the institutions they are affiliated with.
13:00 – 13:45 – “Lunch Break”
13:45 – 15:15 – Panel 3: State Response Options to Cyber Operations
Moderator: dr Przemysław Roguski, Jagiellonian University
8. Collective Countermeasures in Cyberspace – a (New) Rule of International Law?
Ms. Isabella Brunner
University of Vienna, Department of European, International and Comparative Law
9. State responsibility in cyberspace: which role for the necessity defence?
Dr. Federica Cristani

Rapporteur in the Comparative COVID19 Project (Institute for New Economic Thinking - Young Scholar Initiative)

10. Certain recurrent and emerging issues of applicable sanctions, countermeasures and self-help in relation to threats and attacks in cyberspace
Prof. Dr. Csaba Törö
Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
15:15 – 15:30 – “Coffee Break”
15:30 – 17:00 – Panel 4: What’s Next for International Law in Cyberspace?
Moderator: dr Jason Rudall, Leiden University
11. International law in Cyberspace: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
Dr. François Delerue
Institut de Recherche stratégique de l’École militaire
12. The Authoritarian Turn of Global Cyber Order: The Return of the ‘S’ Word
Dr. Chien-Huei Wu
Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
13. Blurred lines in defining the conduct of States in cyberspace. A critical analysis on the cyber sovereignty and impact over free access to information
Dr. Carmen Moldovan
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
14. Blockchain, Monetary Sovereignty and the Paradigm Shift in Public International Law
Dr. habil. Marcin Menkes, prof. SGH
Warsaw School of Economics
17:00 – Closing remarks

About the Symposium

The European Society of International Law, the Jagiellonian University Chair of Public International Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies invite established public international scholars and young researchers to take part in a joint Symposium on the Frontiers of International Law in Cyberspace.

The symposium will consist of two one-day events, one organized on 15 May 2020 in Kraków, the other in November 2020 in Leiden. The idea is to consider the challenges posed by cyberspace to traditional notions and areas of international law in light of the interconnectedness of global networks, our growing dependency on information and communication technologies and the cybersecurity challenges posed by malicious behaviour by States and non-State groups.

  • The Kraków event will focus on issues relating to responsible State behaviour in cyberspace and State measures to ensure resilience of national networks.
  • The Leiden event will concentrate on ensuring protection of and respect of human rights online and look at the role ICTs can play to ensure sustainable development and environmental protection.

The Call for Papers for the Kraków event can be found here.

The event will be hosted by the Jagiellonian University; more information about the venue and the University can be found here.

An Agenda for the event will be posted in due course, once the papers are selected.