A paper from the EU Institute for Security Studies published on 31st October, uses space exploration as a metaphor to demystify some of the concepts and challenges linked to cyber-related policymaking – focusing on the EU’s newly-established cyber sanctions regime, where traditional measures (e.g. travel bans, asset freezes) are used in response to malicious activities occurring in cyberspace.  It says that the EU’s autonomous cyber sanctions regime constitutes a unique solution to the challenge of compliance with international law and norms of state behaviour.  The paper addresses a number of key issues relevant for ensuring the maximum effectiveness of the new regime – such as the problematic nature of attribution, state responsibility in cyberspace, listing and de-listing criteria, the principle of due diligence and the potential impact of cyber sanctions on the physical world.  The analysis concludes with a set of proposals aimed at stimulating the discussion about the implementation of the EU cyber sanctions regime – and which it says will hopefully lead to concrete actions.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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