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CERL hosts conference, “Cyberwar and the Rule of Law,” Oct. 15

October 08, 2012

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) will host the conference, “Cyberwar and the Rule of Law,” on Monday, October 15 in Penn Law’s Shuster Court Room, 147 Silverman Hall.

The day-long conference will bring together leading authorities in the law, technology, and from the military to address the ethical and legal issues surrounding cyberwarfare and consider such questions as whether the laws of armed conflict and the tenets of the U.N. Charter apply to cyberspace just as they do to traditional warfare, and whether the problems of cyberwarfare require new treaties and legal definitions. By understanding these issues now, experts and the public can be better prepared as cybersecurity becomes a more integral aspect of national security.

Specifically, the conference panels will examine such topics as: whether the offensive use cyberweapons is justified for national security; cyberwafare and international humanitarian law; cybersecurity, privacy, and police powers; and cybersecurity and the private sector. Keynote addresses by will be delivered by General (Ret.) James Cartwright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps, and by General John Davis, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, U.S. Army.

The conference will commence at 9:00 a.m. on the 15th; a complete conference schedule and list of participants are available via CERL’s website. To RSVP for the conference please contact Jennifer Evans.

CERL is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the maintenance and development of rule of law values in society. Given potential threats to the rule of law in the wake of the sharply increased security needs of American society after 9/11, CERL focuses on the ethical and legal dimensions of national security, and addresses recent debates having to do with the changing face of warfare, the impact of enhanced security needs on rule of law values, the ethics of interrogation and detention, and the growing importance of international humanitarian law.