Publication of our Norms Commentary, a successful conclusion to our first project

Publication of our Norms Commentary, a successful conclusion to our first project

Publication launch / 25 Apr 2018

In June 2016, the The Hague Program for Cyber Norms launched a global open consultation on how to implement the UN Group of Governmental Experts’ (UN GGE) 2015 recommendations on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, in co-operation with the think-tank ICT4Peace. The aim of the consultation was to delve into how to best understand and implement the proposed norms.

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations, serves as Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, and is also co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford.

Duncan Hollis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple Law School, Temple University. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Bibi van den Berg is Professor of Cybersecurity Governance within the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

The results of the open consultations are presented in the 2017 issue of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)’s Civil Society and Disarmament Series. Three of the Program’s researchers (Zine Homburger, Liisi Adamson, and Els De Busser) were lead editors and authors of the commentary of norms pertaining to cooperation, due diligence, information sharing and criminal use of ICTs.

The publication, entitled Voluntary, Non-Binding Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in the Use of Information and Communications Technology: A Commentary, supports the international efforts to come to a set of norms regulating the behaviour of states in cyberspace, focusing on permissible and impermissible behaviour during conflicts and during security operations in peacetime. This is especially relevant since the last round of the UN GGE process was unsuccessful in producing consensus and states are looking for novel ways out of the impasse. We are also grateful for the contributions of everyone who supported the conclusion of this project.

More information about the entire project visit the Leiden University UN GGE project page.
Download of the complete commentary from the UNODA website [link:].
For source and more information see the article on the Leiden University Website.