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08 February 2017

Watch the Tallinn Manual 2.0 Launch Discussion Online

Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations, the most comprehensive handbook of how existing international law applies to the cyber arena, is launched today. The discussion on international law and cyber operations can be viewed at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/webcasts/international-law-and-cyber-operations-launch-of-the-tallinn-manual-2-0  on February 8th at 15:30 EST (20:30 GMT, 22:30 Estonian time).

Liis Vihul, the managing editor of the Tallinn Manual 2.0, will give an overview of the analysis. A panel discussion on international law and cyber operations features Professor Michael Schmitt (director of the Tallinn Manual process), Rutger van Marissing (senior policy officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Jason Healey (senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and Columbia University).

Authored by nineteen international law experts, the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations is an influential resource for legal advisers dealing with cyber issues. The drafting of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 was facilitated and led by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The updated and considerably expanded second edition is published by Cambridge University Press.

The focus of the original Manual was on the most severe cyber operations, those that violate the prohibition of the use of force in international relations, entitle states to exercise the right of self-defence, and/or occur during armed conflict. Tallinn Manual 2.0 adds a legal analysis of the more common cyber incidents that states encounter on a day-to-day basis and that fall below the thresholds of the use of force or armed conflict. The expanded edition, like its predecessor, represents the views of its authors, and not of NATO, the NATO CCD COE, its Sponsoring Nations, or any other entity. More information is available at https://ccdcoe.org/research.html.

The Tallinn Manual 2.0 world launch is co-organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the Atlantic Council, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States. More information on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 launch events in The Hague and Tallinn can be found at https://ccdcoe.org/tallinn-manual-20-international-law-applicable-cyber-operations-be-launched.html.