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      The Lieber Institute is pleased to announce that its first volume, "Complex Battlespaces: The Law of Armed Conflict and the Dynamics of Modern Warfare" (Oxford University Press), is now available. 

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      On October 16, 2018 LTC Shane Reeves was the keynote speaker at the Cyber Security Summit held at the University of California- Davis Conference Center. The Summit, sponsored by the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, UC-Davis, and InfraGard, had approximately 400 attendees from both government and private industry. The title of his talk was" A Discussion on Cyber Warfare and International Law."

      On October 18, 2018 LTC Reeves participated in a panel at the 5th Journal For Law and Cyber Warfare Symposium held at New York University. The Symposium had approximately 100 individuals from government and private industry and the title of LTC Reeves talk was "International Rules of Engagement for Cyberwarfare." LTC Reeves also is on the Editorial Board of the sponsoring Journal.



      Call for Papers: Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats - The Exeter Centre for International Law and its conference partners, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare are delighted to invite proposals for papers to be presented at an upcoming conference (April 8-10, 2019) at the University of Exeter. 








      October 2, 2018 - The Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare proudly announces that it has joined the Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations (LACMO) International Research Network. The LACMO Network is a consortium of universities, institutions, and research groups from around the world. Its aim is to promote and jointly execute research activities and projects in relevant areas of international law related to armed conflict, the law of military operations, and cyber security law.

      On 26-27 September 2018, LTC Shane Reeves, Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Law, attended a conference held by the Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations (LACMO) International Research Network. The conference was held at the Netherlands Defence Academy in Amsterdam. LTC Reeves participated in two workshops during the conference. First, he provided rebuttal argument during a workshop entitled, Operation Inherent Resolve and the Law Relating to Self-Defense, Russian and Iranian Intervention in Syria and Turkish Intervention against Syrian Kurds and the International law on the Use of Force. Second, he delivered remarks as a panelist in the workshop entitled, Air Power: Uses, Effectiveness and Limitations in the Campaign against ISIS and the Law of Targeting and Its Application in the Aerial Campaign Against ISIS.

Hague1.jpg     Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar Professor Michael Schmitt, who is also the Charles H. Stockton Professor at the United States Naval War College, was recently honored by the War College as its outstanding research scholar for academic year 2017-2018. The award recognizes the global acclaim the multi-year project on international cyber law he led – Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations– has received, as well as the extent to which his other writings and speaking mark him as the premier expert in the field. Based on this research, Professor Schmitt was earlier awarded the Order of the Cross of the Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia for his work in the field. Moreover, the Kingdom of the Netherlands sponsored an conference in June to mark the first anniversary of Tallinn Manual 2.0, at which both the Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs, together with Professor Schmitt, spoke.
      Tallinn Manual 2.0 now forms the basis for a robust cyber law capacity-building program for government officials around the world. Most recently, Schmitt traveled to Singapore to direct a seminar for officials from throughout the Association of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) region. The seminar was sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Singapore Cyber Security Agency. His next stops in the program are Germany, Mexico, Panama and Australia. 


judgespanel.jpg      From May 6th to 8th, 2018, LTC Shane Reeves participated in the 9th Federal Judge's Association Quadrennial Conference.  LTC Reeves presented on the "Cybersecurity and its Functions in the Law" panel, moderated by Judge Leo Gordon (Court of International Trade), which also featured Daniel Garrie (Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner - Law and Forensics), David A. Cass (Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer - Cloud and SaaS Operational Services), and Chris Inglis (former deputy director of the NSA). 




      On April 12, 2018, students from Columbia Law School - accompanied by Columbia law professor and Lieber Institute senior fellow Matt Waxman - visited West Point and the Department of Law.  The students attended class with Cadets, then had the opportunity to eat lunch with Cadet law majors in the Mess Hall.  Following lunch, the group took a historical tour of West Point, then met with D/Law faculty to discuss law of armed conflict vignettes.  This event strengthened ties between our two programs and was part of a larger effort to enhance civil-military relationships and enrich scholar/practitioner collaboration in the area of international law.