Computer Network Attack and the Use of Force in International Law
Computer Network Attack and the Use of Force in International Law: Thoughts on a Normative Framework
- Issues: Laws of War/Cyberwar
computer, network, cyber, jus an bellum, use of force, international law, self-defense, self-defence, collective security
This article explores the acceptability under the 'jus ad bellum', that body of international law governing the 'resort to force' as an instrument of national policy of computer network attack. Analysis centers on the United Nations Charter's prohibition of the use of force in Article 2(4), its Chapter VII security scheme, and the inherent right to self-defense codified in Article 51. Concluding that traditional applications of the use of force prohibition fail to adequately safeguard shared community values threatened by CNA, the Article proposes an alternative normative framework based on scrutiny of the consequences caused by such operations.