Computer network attacks under the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello

‘Armed’ – effects and consequences

Authored by: Elaine Korzak , James Gow

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
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Computer Network Attacks (CNAs) – cyber warfare – present major challenges regarding both the jus in bello and the jus ad bellum – the two branches of international law concerned with warfare (or, more narrowly and more technically, ‘armed conflict’). 1 Similar issues arise in and run across the contexts of the jus ad bellum, the law on the use of force, governing the rightfulness of a state’s use of force, and the jus in bello, international humanitarian law (IHL) governing the conduct of armed hostilities.

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