Canada Takes on International Law in Cyberspace

Author: Michael Schmitt
Published: 14.07.2022
This April, Global Affairs Canada (GAC, the foreign ministry) released Canada’s position on the application of international law in cyberspace. Unfortunately, for two reasons, the statement failed to attract the attention it merited. First, Canada released it on the heels of the 2019-21 U.N. Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) Report on State behaviour in cyberspace, to which an exceptionally important compendium containing the views of 15 other nations on the same subject was annexed. Second, and more significantly, it arrived as the international law community’s attention was riveted on Russia’s unlawful attack against Ukraine and the many international humanitarian law…