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New date for the Kraków event: 4 December 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the related restrictions, as well as concerns for the wellbeing of all Participants, the Kraków event of the ESIL Kraków-Leiden Symposium on "Exploring the Frontiers of International Law in Cyberspace" had to be postponed from its initial date on 15th May 2020. The new date for the event is 4th December 2020 and it will be held online. Stay tuned for more information!


Panels and Participants of the ESIL Kraków-Leiden-Symposium (Kraków event)

We are deligthed to announce the list of panels and participants during the Kraków event of the ESIL Kraków-Leiden Symposium on "Exploring the Frontiers of International Law in Cyberspace". It will be a great event!


Panel 1: Obligations of States in Cyberspace

  1. States’ Duty of Due Diligence in Cyberspace
    Dr. Antonio Coco
    Dr. Talita de Souza Dias
    Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

  2. Violations of Sovereignty: Towards a distinction as between non-interference and non-intervention?
    Ms. Aude Géry
    University of Rouen

  3. Clashing Assertions of Sovereignty in Cyberspace
    Dr. Henning Lahmann
    Digital Society Institute ESMT Berlin

Panel 2: International Humanitarian Law in Cyberspace

  1. 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*

  2. The laws of neutrality in Cyber space: are we heading for a Cyber Alabama?
    Prof. Dr. Jan Lemnitzer
    Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark

  3.  ‘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*

  4. 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.

Panel 3: State Response Options to Cyber Operations

  1. Collective Countermeasures in Cyberspace – a (New) Rule of International Law?
    Ms. Isabella Brunner
    University of Vienna, Department of European, International and Comparative Law

  2. State responsibility in cyberspace: which role for the necessity defence?
    Dr. Federica Cristani
    Jean Monnet Visiting Lecturer at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine)

  3. 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

Panel 4: What’s Next for International Law in Cyberspace?

  1. International law in Cyberspace: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
    Dr. François Delerue
    Institut de Recherche stratégique de l’École militaire

  2. The Authoritarian Turn of Global Cyber Order: The Return of the ‘S’ Word
    Prof. Dr. Chien-Huei Wu
    Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

  3. 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

  4. Blockchain, Monetary Sovereignty and the Paradigm Shift in Public International Law
    Dr. habil. Marcin Menkes
    Warsaw School of Economics


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