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ICAS/Temple Law School/ACCJ Joint Event

How Should We Regulate Global Cyberthreats?

Thursday, April 4, 2013   19:00 - 21:00

  • Duncan B. Hollis (Professor of International Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Temple University Beasley School of Law)

Cyberspace is in trouble. Individuals, shadowy criminal organizations, and nation states all currently possess the capacity to harm modern societies through computer attacks. These new and severe cyberthreats put critical information, infrastructure, and lives at risk?and the threat is growing in scale and intensity daily. The conventional response to such cyberthreats is self-reliance; but when self-reliance comes up short, states have turned to law for a solution.

Cybercrime laws proscribe individuals from engaging in unwanted cyberactivities. Other international laws establish what states can (and cannot) do in terms of cyberwarfare. Both sets of rules work by attribution, targeting bad actors?whether criminals or states?to deter cyberthreats. But existing cyberlaw and security are fundamentally insufficient; because anonymity is built into the very structure of the Internet, law cannot regulate the authors of cyberthreats.

Our speaker proposes and describes a new legal approach to address the problem. There will be time for extensive Q & A and to mingle afterwards.

Date & Time:
Thursday, April 4, 2013   19:00 - 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へ起こしください。

This event is co-organized with Temple Law School; and American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Duncan B. Hollis

Professor of International Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Duncan B. Hollis is the James E. Beasley Professor of International Law and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Professor Hollis’s award-winning scholarship focuses on international agreements, examining the formation, interpretation, and application of treaties and political commitments in international, comparative and constitutional contexts. As part of that research agenda, Professor Hollis is examining how existing rules of international law regulate cyberthreats, the ways new norms could be formed to redress such threats, and what the content of such norms might look like. Professor Hollis is the editor of The Oxford Guide to Treaties (2012) and National Treaty Law & Practice (2005) as well as a series of articles on cyberthreats and conflicts in cyberspace, including “An e-SOS for Cyberspace”, 52 Harvard Int’l Law J 373 (2011). Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Professor Hollis served from 1998 to 2004 in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State where he spent several years as the Attorney-Adviser for Treaty Affairs. He continues to consult widely on issues of treaty negotiation and interpretation and is a regular contributor to the premier international law blog, Opinio Juris.