EILR Cyber Law Symposium

International Law and the Internet:
Adapting Legal Frameworks in Response to Online Warfare and Revolutions Fueled by Social Media

Recent cyber attacks and escalating cyber war rhetoric around the globe present today’s legal scholars and decision makers with difficult questions on how—or whether—to apply traditional notions of the law of war in the cyber realm. In addition, increased Internet access and social media is shaping modern societies and the ways in which people interact. The Internet is used by the masses to spur public debate, organize peaceful gatherings, and even foment political revolutions; while some governments use Internet censorship as a tool to do just the opposite. Now, more than ever, there is a growing need for legal scholarship, discussion, and further clarification on how international law should treat the emergence of these technological advances.

The Emory International Law Review is hosting a Symposium to explore the various and novel legal issues surrounding the intersection of the Internet and international law, with a focus on human rights law and the law of war. Co-sponsored by Emory’s Center for International and Comparative Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, this Symposium will feature two panel presentations, a luncheon, and a keynote address delivered by Eric Greenwald, Senior Advisor to the Director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command.

This symposium is free and open to the public. Georgia Bar Members may obtain four general CLE credits for a $40 fee. Parking is available in the Fishburne visitors lot; reimbursement for parking is available to those who registered online. For more information on parking, click here.

Online registration is now closed. Registration with cash or check payment is also available on the day of the symposium.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Emory University School of Law
Tull Auditorium


8:30 Check-in, CLE registration, light breakfast

9:30 Opening Remarks
Robert Schapiro, Emory University School of Law

9:45 Panel: How Internet Access and Social Media Have Changed Revolutionary Tactics and Government Response
Ryan Budish, Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Ramnath Chellappa, Emory University, Goizueta Business School
Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation, Open Technology Initiative

Moderator: Ramnath Chellappa

11:15 Lunch

12:30 Keynote Presentation
Eric Greenwald, U.S. Cyber Command

1:30 Panel: Re-Conceptualizing International Law Frameworks in Response to the Threat of Cyber Warfare
Col. Gary Brown, U.S. Cyber Command
Eric Jensen, Brigham Young University Law School
Catherine Lotrionte, Georgetown University Law Center, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security
Michael Schmitt, U.S. Naval War College

Moderator: Laurie Blank

3:00 Close