The World Wide War: Analysing Whether Self-Defence Can be Used in Response to a Cyber-Attack

By Eve Aycock In a society characterised by the coexistence of cyberspace and reality, cyber-attacks pose an increasingly menacing risk. The contemporaneity of this threat is evidenced by the recent global Ransomware cyber-attack, which was unprecedented in scale.[1] The key legal question in ascertaining the lawfulness of self-defence in response to a cyber-attack is whether […]

On North Korea and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Zachary Lucas Tensions have escalated recently between North Korea and the United States (US). In July, North Korea claimed it had access to intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of reaching the west coast of the US. Amid the resulting political exchange, Trump promised a response of “fire and fury” if North Korea initiated a nuclear […]

The One That Lasted 100 Hours

The legality of war is tricky business. Given the number of potential hotspots erupting (I’m looking at you North Korea), it might be a good time to look back to when it was last done well: the Iraq war. Not that Iraq war, the one before that- the Persian Gulf War of 1991. On August […]

SYRIAN CHEMICAL ATTACK AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

On 4th April 2017, the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria was hit by a monstrous chemical attack. At least 70 people, including civilians and medical aid workers, were killed and over 550 men, women and children have been injured making it the deadliest chemical attack since 2013, which occurred just outside Damascus. According to […]