'... the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare ... presents a comprehensive application of the law of armed conflict to state hostilities in cyberspace ... The likely contention over the approach of the manual will have some states arguing that relying on existing legal interpretations leaves state behaviour in cyberspace susceptible to both over- and underreaction in the event of cyber conflict. Such reactions may spark the debate to pursue normative practices much faster, and while Schmitt makes clear that the manual 'does not set forth lex ferenda, best practice, or preferred policy' ... it will likely serve as a basis for others to do so.' Colin Sweet, Europe-Asia Studies
The result of a three-year project involving twenty international legal experts, this manual sets forth the international law applicable to cyber warfare, whether engaged in by States or non-State actors.
About the Author
Professor Michael N. Schmitt is Chairman of the International Law Department at the United States Naval War College.