SOAS University of London

CISD & UNA Westminster to host 17th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Law Lecture on March 6th

19 February 2019

On Wednesday March 6th the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, in association with the United Nations Association, Westminister branch, and the Bar Council of England & Wales' International Committee will host the 17th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law lecture. The lecture will be given by Professor Michael Schmitt, Professor if Public International Law at Exeter Law School. The event, titled 'In Search of the International Law of Cyberspace: A Travelogue', will take place in the Brunei Lecture Theatre (BLT), on Wednesday 6 March at 6.30PM, and be followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture description reads: "As the world struggles to introduce and seek ratification of laws to contain the excesses of conventional warfare and its cruel humanitarian consequences, governments are already embarking on developments in cyber warfare and defence. Who is going to define the limitations of this new universe of humankind’s capacity to exploit technological advances only for further destruction? Who will then draw up laws within which humanity must work, even if only to maintain a sense, however tenuous, that humanity itself still has a place in tomorrow’s world?"

Professor Schmitt is a Senior Fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Senior Research Associate at Hebrew University, Affiliate at Harvard's Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, and General Editor of both International Law Studies and the Lieber Studies series. He serves also as the Howard S. Levie Professor at the United States Naval War College's Stockton Centre for International Law and Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate specializing in operational and international law.

To attend the lecture, please register for free on Eventbrite. The flyer is available to download  CISD Annual Law Lecture flyer (pdf; 619kb)

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