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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kubo Mačák, Legal Adviser at ICRC

We are happy to announce that the keynote speech at the ESIL Kraków-Leiden Symposium will be held by Dr. Kubo Mačák

Dr. Kubo Mačák is Legal Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. He is also an Associate Professor at Exeter University Law School (currently on leave) and a member of the Exeter Centre for International Law. Kubo’s research interests span general international law, international humanitarian law, and the law of cyber security. He is the author of Internationalized Armed Conflicts in International Law (Oxford University Press 2018). His work has been published in journals including the International Review of the Red Cross, the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the Chinese Journal of International Law.

Kubo holds the degrees of DPhil, MPhil, and MJur from the University of Oxford (Somerville College), and an undergraduate degree in law from Charles University in Prague. In 2012, he was awarded the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Apart from his work at the ICRC, Kubo is General Editor of the Cyber Law Toolkit project and is participating in the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations project as one of the core experts. He has previously undertaken research stays and fellowships in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, and China. He has also worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and at its sister tribunal for Rwanda, and later at the Slovak Constitutional Court as a law clerk to the president of that court.

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.

Important dates

  • 15 December 2019: submission of abstracts for the Kraków event
  • 5 January 2020: notification of acceptance
  • 25 April 2020: deadline for submission of papers
  • 15 May 2020: Kraków event
  • May 2020: Call for Papers for the Leiden event
  • November 2020: Leiden event