Postgraduate Module Descriptor


LAWM712: International Law of Cyber Operations

This module descriptor refers to the 2014/5 academic year.

Module Aims

This course is designed to provide a practice-oriented survey of the international law applicable to cyber operations involving States.  Students who complete the course will understand the legal framework in which such operations occur during both peace and war and be able to apply the legal principles and rules examined to real-world situations.  This later ability will be honed through realistic exercises in which you will apply the legal concepts on which the readings and lectures focus.  The participation of State legal advisers in the course will offer you exposure to individuals practicing in the field.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the legal framework of cyber operations and the distinct technical features of the cyber environment;
2. Demonstrate detailed and systematic knowledge of the main branches of international law applicable to cyber operations as well as their relationship and limitations;
3. Demonstrate the ability to apply key legal concepts and instruments governing cyber operations to complex practical problems in a constructive and reflective manner.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of relevant legal concepts, rules and principles of international law relevant to the cyber domain;
5. Demonstrate systematic and critical awareness of the function, mutual relationship and political context of relevant rules and branches of international law;
6. Demonstrate the ability to analyse complex legal problems confidently by selecting and explaining relevant information from primary and secondary sources using appropriate interpretative techniques.
Personal and Key Skills7. Demonstrate effective and accurate written and oral communication skills, relying on a broad range of library-based and electronic resources with limited guidance;
8. Demonstrate the ability to engage in debate effectively and confidently and to develop complex arguments and opinions with limited guidance;
9. Develop professional relationships and engage effectively and appropriately with legal practitioners of different backgrounds and ranks.