Cyber Operations and International Humanitarian Law: Fault Lines and Vectors

  • Pound Hall Room 102, Harvard Law School (map)
  • 1563 Massachusetts Ave
  • Cambridge, MA, 02138
  • United States

This event was webcast live. 


The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare is the first effort to attempt to capture how international humanitarian law (IHL)—also known as the law of armed conflict—governs cyber operations on the twenty-first-century battlefield. Professor Michael Schmitt, PILAC Fellow and Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, directed the project that produced the Manual. At this lecture, Professor Schmitt will discuss difficulties the International Group of Experts encountered in drafting the Manual and will offer his thoughts on where the law is likely to head as integration of cyber capabilities into military operations proceeds apace.

Professor Gabriella Blum, Faculty Director of PILAC and Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School, will introduce Professor Schmitt.


Noon to 1:00 pm, on Friday, April 3rd, 2015


Pound Hall, Room 102, Harvard Law School [map - link].

This event is free and open to the public; seating will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lunch will be provided.

This event will be webcast live online on this PILAC webpage.

Event hashtag: #CyberOpsIHL.

Event Flyer

Photo credit: West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, “13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise_04,” Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.