The 2013 GGE report stated that international law, and in particular the Charter of the United Nations, is applicable and is essential to maintaining peace and stability and promoting an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment.
The 2015 GGE report offered views on how international law applies to the use of ICTs by States and touched upon State sovereignty, sovereign equality, settlement of disputes by peaceful means and non-intervention; obligations to respect and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms; application of the UN Charter in its entirety including the inherent right of States to take measures consistent with international law and as recognized in the Charter; the principles of humanity, necessity, proportionality and distinction; obligations regarding internationally wrongful acts. The OEWG and the GGE are continuing to discuss how international law applies in cyberspace.
This session seeks to provide an opportunity for multi-stakeholder participants to discuss the importance of international law in cyberspace, including for non-state actors, and on ways to deepen common understanding on “how” international law applies in cyberspace. Although the OEWG has discussed the section on international law in the draft report, non-governmental participants are welcome to express views on the draft report.
This session is co-chaired by: