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February 2021

Inter-Amercan Juridical Committee publishes report and resolution on International Law and Cyber Operations in the organization’s four languages

In August 2020, the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) adopted a report entitled “International Law and State Cyber Operations,” which provides parameters on the application of international law to cyberspace and outlines points of convergence and divergence in terms of how those international rules are understood in OAS member states, including their response to cyber threats. The purpose of this document is to offer more transparence as to the states’ understanding of how international law applies to cyberspace, that may even participate in initiatives aimed at limiting risks of conflict between states.

An important contribution of the report has to do with unequal legal capacities among the states with respect to the regulations and challenges posed by cyber operations, which was what prompted the CJI to request the DIL to develop a training program to equip public servants with know-how and experience.

The CJI report was approved via resolution CJI/RES. 260 (XCVII-O/20) which proposed language supporting the applicability of international law to state operations in cyberspace and served as a basis for an OAS General Assembly statement in October 2020 reaffirming the Committee’s language and the importance of implementing voluntary, nonbinding norms for responsible state behavior in cyberspace resolution on International Law, AG/RES. 2959 (L-O/20) subsection i.

That report has been translated into the four official languages of the OAS and can be found on the Committee’s website.

On March 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Washington, DC time), the Department of International Law, Technical Secretariat of the Committee, will hold a webinar on the aforementioned report with the participation of Professor Duncan Hollis, former rapporteur on the topic, and the new rapporteur, Dr. Mariana Salazar. The agenda, details for registration and connection instructions will be updated in due time at and be sent by this means.

The CJI serves as the advisory body of the OAS on juridical matters and is composed of 11 jurists, who are nationals of member states and elected for a term of four years. 

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