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Research Handbook on International Law and Cyberspace

Research Handbook on International Law and Cyberspace

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Nicholas Tsagourias and Russell Buchan

This timely Research Handbook contains an analysis of various legal questions concerning cyberspace and cyber activities and provides a critical account of their effectiveness. Expert contributors examine the application of fundamental international law principles to cyberspace such as sovereignty, jurisdiction, state responsibility, individual criminal responsibility, and intellectual property rights. In addition to this, they explore the application of international law rules to cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber crime, cyber attacks and cyber war and discuss the cyber security policies of international and regional institutions.

Chapter 19: Towards EU cybersecurity law: Regulating a new policy field

Ramses A. Wessel

Subjects: law - academic, internet and technology law, public international law, regulation and governance, terrorism and security law


EU cybersecurity forms a prime example of an area in which both internal and external (global as well as bilateral) policies are connected and in which the different legal competences of the Union need to be combined. Over the past decade the European Union started to take its first careful steps in formulating and regulating this new policy area, starting mainly from an ‘outside-in’ perspective in which global security threats triggered internal policies. With the adoption of the 2013 Strategy it aims to bring the different earlier initiatives together in a comprehensive fashion while pointing to new legislative plans, which also reflect a wish to act as a global player and a participant in the formulation of new global rules. European cybersecurity policy is formulated and implemented in a multi-level and multi-stakeholder structure, in which legislation is connected to both international developments and domestic implementation in the EU Member States and where both public and private actors play a role. In an exploratory fashion, this chapter assesses both the existing and emerging internal rules related to cybersecurity as well as the EU’s contribution to the development of a global regulatory framework.

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