1st Edition

Global Cybersecurity and International Law

Edited By Antonio Segura Serrano Copyright 2024
    230 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a critical analysis of cybersecurity from a legal-international point of view.

    Assessing the need to regulate cyberspace has triggered the re-emergence of new primary norms. This book evaluates the ability of existing international law to address the threat and use of force in cyberspace, redefining cyberwar and cyberpeace for the era of the Internet of Things. Covering critical issues such as the growing scourge of economic cyberespionage, international co-operation to fight cybercrime, the use of foreign policy instruments in cyber diplomacy, it also looks at state backed malicious cyberoperations, and the protection of human rights against State security activities. Offering a holistic examination of the ability of public international law, the book addresses the most pressing issues in global cybersecurity.

    Reflecting on the reforms necessary from international institutions, like the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe, and NATO, in order to provide new answers to the critical issues in global cybersecurity and international law, this book will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners.

    List of contributors

    1. The Challenge of Global Cybersecurity
    Antonio Segura Serrano

    2. Cyber Operations as Threats of Force: A Welcome Addition or Splitting Hair?
    Triantafyllos Kouloufakos

    3. Sovereignty in Cyberspace – A Rule Without Content?
    Leonhard Kreuzer

    4. Due Diligence as a Cardinal Principle in the Fight Against Malicious Cyber Activities
    Karine Bannelier

    5. Cyber Attribution and its Challenges
    Fiona Middleton and Nicholas Tsagourias

    6. Cyber Activities in the Gray Zone: The New Challenge to the Global Legal Order
    Guillem Colom-Piella and Gloria Fernández-Arribas

    7. Cyberespionage and Human Rights: A Disappointing Balance
    Sophie Duroy and Liliya Khasanova

    8. Wargames: Analysing the Rise of Nation-State Sponsored Ransomware Attacks and their Impact on Insurance Markets
    Scott Shackelford

    9. The Eu’s Cyber Security Policy: Results and Context
    Antonio Segura Serrano

    10. The Budapest Convention and the New Initiative for a United Nations Convention to Fight Cybercrime
    Ana Gascón Marcén

    11. Towards a Supportive Legal Environment for Global Cybersecurity: The Case for a Public Interest Defence in International Legal Instruments on Cybercrime
    Audrey Guinchard


    Antonio Segura Serrano is Professor of International Law and EU Law at the University of Granada. His research interests include cyberspace law, international economic law and trade law, humanitarian law, and EU law. He has published extensively on different topics in the field of public international law and EU law, and is also the author or editor of several books and edited collections, including, The Challenge of Global Cybersecurity (Tirant lo Blanch, 2023, in Spanish), and The Reform of International Economic Governance (Routledge, 2016).