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Nordic perspectives on the international legal regulation of cyberspace

Konference — Conference: Nordic perspectives on the international legal regulation of cyberspace


Date & Time:

South Campus, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Hosted by:
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) Royal Danish Defence College (Forsvarsakademiet) & University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science, Center for Military Studies



Day 1 held in Danish/English
Wednesday 28 September 2022, Multisalen, building 21, room 21.0.54, Faculty of Humanities
Day 2 is held in English
Thursday 29 September 2022, Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A.0.57, Faculty of Law

Small states like the Nordic countries have an obvious interest in dealing with cyber threats within the framework of a rules-based international order – both during armed conflict and in peacetime. While most states now agree that international legal rules of the physical world are, at least as a starting point, equally applicable in the context of cyberspace, significant questions concerning the cyber-specific interpretation and application of key rules remain open. The war in Ukraine has only made it more apparent that unclear international regulation of cyberspace creates opportunities for abuse by hostile states, whereas it complicates endeavours among friendly states to identify and implement a common security strategy. There is, in other words, ample reason for the Nordics and likeminded states to assume an active role in the ongoing development of international law in cyberspace. But which challenges are presently the most important, and how should they be addressed?

Under the headline Nordic perspectives on the international legal regulation of cyberspace, the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Danish Defence College will gather politicians, civil servants, scholars and civil society for a two-day conference in Copenhagen. DAY 1 (in Danish/Scandinavian) will primarily address the conference theme from the perspective of security policy and includes a keynote address by Denmark’s Defence Minister, Morten Bødskov, and two panels comprising civil servants, politicians and expert practitioners. DAY 2 (in English) will be devoted to academic contributions focusing specifically on the regulation of cyberspace through international law.

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