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Public International Law of Cyberspace

  • Concisely explains how cyber activities are regulated under international law

  • Presents a coherent, detailed and expert analysis of a broad and highly topical issue

  • Appeals to a wide audience of all those interested in cyberspace on an international scale


Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 45-152
  3. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 153-199
  4. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 233-262
  5. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 263-293
  6. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 295-333
  7. Kriangsak Kittichaisaree
    Pages 335-356
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 357-376

About this book


This compact, highly engaging book examines the international legal regulation of both the conduct of States among themselves and conduct towards individuals, in relation to the use of cyberspace. Chapters introduce the perspectives of various stakeholders and the challenges for international law. The author discusses State responsibility and key cyberspace rights issues, and takes a detailed look at cyber warfare, espionage, crime and terrorism. The work also covers the situation of non-State actors and quasi-State actors (such as IS, or ISIS, or ISIL) and concludes with a consideration of future prospects for the international law of cyberspace.

Readers may explore international rules in the areas of jurisdiction of States in cyberspace, responsibility of States for cyber activities, human rights in the cyber world, permissible responses to cyber attacks, and more. Other topics addressed include the rules of engagement in cyber warfare, suppression of cyber crimes, permissible limits of cyber espionage, and suppression of cyber-related terrorism. Chapters feature explanations of case law from various jurisdictions, against the background of real-life cyber-related incidents across the globe. Written by an internationally recognized practitioner in the field, the book objectively guides readers through on-going debates on cyber-related issues against the background of international law.

This book is very accessibly written and is an enlightening read. It will appeal to a wide audience, from international lawyers to students of international law, military strategists, law enforcement officers, policy makers and the lay person. 


international law cyberspace human rights in internet cyber warfare cyber terrorism cyber crimes cyber espionage online data protection cyber attack privacy online international humanitarian law in cyberspace Internet governance cyber law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Thai EmbassyMoscowRussia

About the authors

Kriangsak Kittichaisaree has served as a member of the UN International Law Commission (2012-2016) and the International Group of Experts of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. He was President of the 25th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and has held visiting professorships at  some world-renowned law schools in Australia, Singapore, and the USA. 

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