The United Kingdom on International Law in Cyberspace

Author: Michael Schmitt
Published: 24.05.2022
The United Kingdom has long been a thought leader in applying international law to cyberspace. In 2018, the then-Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, spoke on the subject in a granular address at Chatham House, making the United Kingdom one of the first countries to set forth its views on how international law applies to cyberspace during peacetime and armed conflict. The topics ranged from sovereignty and non-intervention to human rights and international humanitarian law. Although many other states have since embraced most of the views expressed therein, and rightly so, the Chatham House address is best remembered for Wright’s surprising rejection…