International Law and the Trump Administration: An Online Series - Part 6 - Strengthening Cybersecurity


Advances in technology over the past several decades have resulted in a world that is highly dependent on the security and reliability of computing systems. The reliance on these systems has opened up the world to the threat of cyber operations that can influence everything from secure communications between governments to the control and management of weapons technologies to public access to information. International law has long struggled with how to address cyber operations and took a significant step forward in 2013 with the Tallinn Manual, which covered the major issues of conflict and cybersecurity. President Trump has repeatedly identified cybersecurity as an issue important to his administration.

This live online briefing, the sixth in the Society's series on "International Law and the Trump Administration," will focus on the extent to which international law is even relevant to cyber operations; the role that the Executive Branch plays in protecting its citizens and government activities from cybersecurity threats; the various efforts in the international system to address security threats that change on an almost daily basis; and what tools the administration and the United States Government has to respond to these potential threats under international law.


  • Ashley Deeks, University of Virginia School of Law, former assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs, U.S. Department of State 
  • Brian Egan, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former legal adviser, U.S. Department of State 
  • Michael Schmitt (moderator), Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College

Will be live streamed. Register at

Date and Location

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm