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On February 1, 2012, the Emory International Law Review at my home institution, Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, will host “International Law and the Internet: Adapting Legal Frameworks in Response to Online Warfare and Revolutions Fueled by Social Media.” The symposium will explore the various and novel legal issues surrounding the intersection of the Internet and international law, with a focus on human rights law and the law of war.
Recent cyber attacks and escalating cyber war rhetoric around the globe present today’s legal scholars and decision makers with difficult questions on how—or whether—to apply traditional notions of the law of war in the cyber realm. In addition, as evident in IntLawGrrls' posts like this one, increased Internet access and social media are shaping modern societies and the ways in which people interact. The Internet is used by the masses to spur public debate, to organize peaceful gatherings, and to even foment political revolution – while some governments use Internet censorship as a tool to do just the opposite.
Now, more than ever, there is a growing need for legal scholarship, discussion, and further clarification on how international law should treat the emergence of these technological advances.
Cosponsored by Emory’s Center for International and Comparative Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, this symposium will feature two panel presentations and a keynote address delivered by Eric Greenwald, Senior Advisor to the Director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, based at Fort Meade, Maryland. (credit for logo at right)
The first panel starts at 9:45 a.m. and is entitled “How Internet Access and Social Media Have Changed Revolutionary Tactics and Government Response,” with speakers Ryan Budish (Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet and Society); Ramnath Chellappa (Emory University, Goizueta Business School); and Sascha Meinrath (New America Foundation, Open Technology Initiative).
The keynote address by Greenwald is at 12:30 p.m., followed by the second panel at 1:30 p.m.: “Re-Conceptualizing International Law Frameworks in Response to the Threat of Cyber Warfare”, which features Col. Gary Brown (U.S. Cyber Command); Eric Jensen (Brigham Young University Law School); Catherine Lotrionte (left) (Georgetown University Law Center, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security) (photo credit); and Michael N. Schmitt (U.S. Naval War College).
The full agenda and additional information about registration, CLE credit, and parking are available here.