| | 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 r(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.
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.