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Sept. 27, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Hart House, University of Toronto

The Canadian Red Cross will be hosting the 1st Annual International Humanitarian Law Conference featuring a panel discussion on Cyber Warfare on Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013, from 1:00-3:30pm (reception to follow) at the University of Toronto’s Hart House.
This event will host representatives from:

This conference is eligible towards the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) CPD requirements as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or the New Member Requirement.  Please visit the LSUC’s CPD Eligible Educational Activities webpage for more information:

Cyber Warfare and International Humanitarian Law

The emergence of cyberspace as a new war-fighting domain and the application of International Humanitarian Law governing armed conflicts, including cyber warfare will be focus of the panel discussion.

The reality of Cyber Warfare raises significant and novel legal issues concerning an entirely new war-fighting domain, a man-made theatre of war additional to the natural theatres of land, air, sea and outer space and is interlinked with all of them. It is a virtual space that provides worldwide connectivity regardless of borders.

Cyber operations can be broadly described as operations against or via a computer or a computer system through a data stream. Such operations can aim to do different things, for instance to infiltrate a system and collect, export, destroy, change or encrypt data or to trigger, alter or otherwise manipulate processes controlled by the infiltrated computer system. By these means, a variety of “targets” in the real world can be destroyed, altered or disrupted – such as industries, infrastructures, telecommunications, or financial systems. The potential effects of Cyber Warfare are therefore of serious humanitarian concern. It is the view of the ICRC that the means and methods of warfare which resort to cyber technology are subject to IHL, just as any new weapon or delivery system has been so far when used in an armed conflict by or on behalf of a party to such conflict.

Reconciling the emergence of cyberspace as a new war-fighting domain with the legal framework governing armed conflict is a challenging task in several respects and requires further discussion and careful reflection.

Registration is open, so please RSVP with your interest by filling out and returning the attached registration form to: [email protected].