Cyber War and Peace


Location: McKenna Hall, Room 210–214

Scott Shackelford, Kelley School of Busines, Indiana University

Is cyber peace possible? If so, what might it look like?

Shackelford will analyze the merits and drawbacks of the emerging “polycentric” approach to cybersecurity that includes both the public and private sectors, with regulation occurring at multiple levels. One component of cyber peace is defining state responsibility for cyber attacks. At a time when the unchecked sovereign authority of states is being challenged across many arenas, state responsibility remains a key component of international security. But the speed and anonymity of cyber attacks makes proving state responsibility difficult. Professor Shackelford will analyze potential legal regimes of state responsibility for cyber attacks and speak more generally about the applicability of international law and relations to conceptualizing cybersecurity and fostering cyber peace.

Scott Shackelford is assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from Cambridge University in 2011, an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge in 2006, and a J.D. from Stanford University in 2009. His book Cyber Peace: Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Sponsored by the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values