International Cyber Norms Analysed in New Book

17 authors from industry, academia and policy backgrounds share their views on the development of international cyber norms in a new book published by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy & Industry Perspectives will be launched with a discussion this Friday, March 18th in Tallinn.

Contributors to the book, the Director of the Tallinn Manual Process and Professor at the United States Naval War College Michael N. Schmitt and Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Expert to the UN Group of Governmental Experts (2014/2015) Marina Kaljurand will discuss their views at the event.

All major world powers are in one way or another developing advanced offensive cyber capabilities whilst the development of the accompanying normative framework is slow. Building on the need to understand and develop norms that regulate state activities in cyberspace, the book addresses such vital questions as: How does the existing international law limit the offensive cyber activities of states? What are the necessary political arrangements to achieve international stability in cyberspace? What is the industry’s role and interests in developing international cyber norms? International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy & Industry Perspectives offers legal, policy and industry perspectives while outlining how different disciplines define, prioritise and promote norms, and suggesting approaches for developing cyber norms.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think-tank and training facility. The international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development, as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and partners in cyber defence. Membership of the Centre is open to all Allies. The Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA have signed on as sponsoring nations. Austria and Finland have joined the Centre as contributing participants. The Centre is funded and staffed by these member nations.

An electronic version of International Cyber Norms: Legal, Policy & Industry Perspectives, edited by Anna-Maria Osula and Henry Rõigas of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, is available at