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UN’s failure to frame cyberspace norms leaves officials split over cyber warfare

28 September 2017

The UN’s recent failure to proscribe cyber warfare has left government officials and legal experts in Europe divided over whether existing laws are sufficient or new ones are needed to contain the threat.

Despite documents such as the NATO-sponsored Tallinn Manual of 2013 that aims to demonstrate how existing international laws should apply to cyber conflicts, this is not enough, they said.

Arguing for a “consolidation and codification” of existing laws, Karsten Diethelm Geier, head of cyber policy co-ordination at Germany’s foreign office, said, “I strongly believe that existing international law is sufficient to govern cyberspace behaviour. But what is needed is a clear understanding as to how the legal framework should be applied.

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