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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 21: Cyber security in the Asia-Pacific

Hitoshi Nasu and Helen Trezise

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


The development and implementation of domestic cyber security strategies has become a top priority for many Asia-Pacific nations. Cyber security threats present a particularly complex challenge for the Asia-Pacific region due to pre-existing geopolitical rivalries, as well as the political, economic, and socio-cultural diversity that characterises this region. This chapter reviews cyber security policy initiatives by regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific with a view to considering how regional cyber security efforts are hampered by interaction with the traditional security challenges that confront many states in the region. It reveals that while regional institutions, particularly ASEAN and APEC, have made concerted efforts to galvanize regional states into collective action against malicious cyber activities, the strategic and tactical advantages gained from the exploitation of cyberspace amplifies existing geopolitical tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

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