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International Law in Focus Series - Session 2: International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare

Multilateral Diplomacy
Deadline: 10 Mar 2021
Web Based
17 Mar 2021 to 19 Mar 2021
To be confirmed
Duration of event:
3 Days
Programme Area:
Other (Governance), Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy, International Law, Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare
Specific Target Audience:
A few fellowships for participants form SIDS and LDCs are available, reducing the fee to 450 USD. To apply for the fellowship and reduced fee please provide UNITAR with a passport scan and a CV.
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UNITAR is delighted to start the new "International Law in Focus" Workshop Series that will explore cutting-edge legal topics.


The second topic to focus on will be International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare. War remains a matter of great concern to humanity. Recent conflicts have demonstrated that the ravages of war continue to have a devastating impact especially on the civilian population. With the increasing amount of states developing military cyber capabilities, the interplay between the “cyber” and “real” realm of war needs to be addressed. Through the course of 3 e-workshops participants will explore methods and means of cyber warfare, and learn to distinguish between the applicability of international humanitarian law to cyber operations in international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main rules of international humanitarian law and differentiate between those which apply to the cyberspace and the others;
  • Apply the main rules governing international humanitarian law to cyber-warfare;
  • Explain the link between Human rights and the cyber realm.

The second session of the International Law in Focus Series will focus on the International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare through a series of 3 consequitive workshops covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations;
  • Cyber Warfare; 
  • Cyber Operations and Human Rights.

The core workshop times of the International Law in Focus Series are 10 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4 pm Geneva time. The respective e-workshops will be conducted via the platform Zoom and will be facilitated by an expert on the theme. The material presented in the workshop will be interactive and assignments will be given for participants to further advance their knowledge. At the end of the week participants will be asked to complete a knowledge assessment.

Participants successfully completing all e-workshops as well as the knowledge assessment will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

The International Law in Focus series is aimed at students and professionals seeking a deeper understanding of international law.

Technical Requirements 

UNITAR will not provide refunds for customers who face technical issues beyond UNITAR's direct control. UNITAR recommends that all prospective participants test Zoom for free at prior to confirming their payment.  

Basic system requirements: 

Stable internet connection 
Speakers and a microphone  
A webcam or HD webcam  
Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card 

Please see further information about all technical requirements for participating in this e-workshop here: 

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