Roundtable: Closing the accountability gap
In the debate about responsible state behaviour, the question of accountability – that of states, private actors and individuals – has become the key to understanding responsibilities of individual stakeholders in the cyber ecosystem. While most of the conversation to date has focused on the issue of attribution as a silver bullet for more accountability, this session will aim to answer: How do we establish accountability for irresponsible and/or malicious behaviour in cyberspace?
The 'Closing the Gap' conference is organised by the EU Cyber Direct project together with 12 other institutions from around the world and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. The aim of the conference is to contribute to closing various gaps that underpin the debates about cyber-related issues: between scholars and practitioners, different generations of scholars (emerging talents and established researchers), disciplines (law, political science, international relations, economics, IT, media studies), sectors (government, private sector, academia, NGOs) and regions (Global South-North).
- M. Finnemore and D. Holis, Beyond Naming and Shaming: Accusations and International Law in Cybersecurity (forthcoming in European Journal of International Law)
- D. Broeders, E. De Busser, P. Pawlak, Three Tales of Attribution in Cyberspace: Criminal Law, International Law and Policy Debates, April 2020
University of Toronto
Q: Is a minilateral coalition versus UN multilateral process mutually exclusive? In other words, couldn't the minilateral option be based on what has been agreed on in the multilateral/UN? (to Dennis Broeders)
Q: To the panel: Should there be an "Article 5" to facilitate a coordinated joint response to major cyber attacks? (to Dennis Broeders)
About the Organiser
About the Organiser
EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom. Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.