Professor Schmitt was recently featured in the New York Times on the issue of the legality of a preemptive strike on North Korea.
Professor Shane Reeves was a panelist at the Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, July 27th-29th. The annual event, now in its fifth year, brings together experts from the ICRC, governments, military and academia to discuss current challenges in international humanitarian law. Professor Reeves discussed key legal issues in humanitarian relief operations.
The Guardian featured an interview with Professor Michael Schmitt regarding the challenges of reaching international consensus on the rules of cyber warfare.
Professor Schmitt, the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Department of Law’s Lieber Institute, has spent August on a speaking tour in Australia and Singapore. He first delivered the Biennial James Crawford Oration at the University of Adelaide. The oration brings a world renowned international law scholar to Adelaide every two years to deliver an address on the subject of his or her choice; it honors International Court of Justice Judge James Crawford, a graduate of the school. In his presentation, which was attended by senior Australian jurists, the University leadership, and the general public, he spoke on “Grey Zones in the International Law of Cyberspace.”
Schmitt then travelled to Melbourne University Law School where he delivered a public lecture on his prognosis for developing legal norms in cyber space. Following that visit, he was an invited Visiting Scholar at Australian National University. While in Canberra, Schmitt met in closed session with senior Australia government officials regarding the law of cyber operations. He also offered two day-long seminars for senior officials in the government on cyber law.
Professor Schmitt concluded his trip by directing a week long cyber law program in Singapore. The course was sponsored by the governments of the Netherlands and Singapore in cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Michael Schmitt, Ashley Deeks and Brian Egan were featured in Strengthening Cybersecurity, the sixth in an online audio series exploring international law and the Trump Administration, produced by the American Society of International Law.
Professor Schmitt has been named to the Management Board of the MILAMOS (Manual on the International Law Applicable to Military Operations in Space) Project, a three year effort to prepare a restatement of the law governing military operations. MILAMOS is a joint venture of McGill University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of Exeter. Schmitt co-directs the international humanitarian law component of the project.
On June 14, 2017, Professor Schmitt met with NATO’s Cyber Defence Committee to discuss his work in the field. The discussion was focused on those areas of international law that are unsettled and therefore represent fertile ground for abuse by States and non-State actors. It is a topic Schmitt recently wrote on in the Yale Journal of International Law Online.
On June 1, Professor Schmitt delivered a keynote address at the annual Cyber Conflict (CyCon) Conference in Tallinn, Estonia. The address was delivered in the form of an interview by Her Excellency Marina Kaljurand, former Foreign Minister of Estonia and currently the Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. While in Tallinn, Professor Schmitt also addressed the Global Commission and participated in an experts meeting convened by Microsoft regarding attribution of cyber operations.
Professor Michael Schmitt, Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar, will be decorated with the Order of Maarjamaa, IV Class, by Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid for his work in promoting cyber defense cooperation.
Professor Eric Jensen is the Lieber Institute’s first Francis Lieber Scholar. In that capacity, Professor Jensen will lead the Institute’s by-invitation-only workshop on “Emerging Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict” scheduled for October 2017. Professor Jensen will also serve as the General Editor of Volume II in The Lieber Series, published by Oxford University Press, which will explore and synthesize the issues raised during the workshop. The Lieber Series is designed to promote a deeper understanding of the complex and evolving relationship between international humanitarian law and modern armed conflict.
Participants of the 2016 Complex Battlespaces Workshop at West Point