UNITAR Online Catalogue

International Law in Focus Series - Session 2: International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare

Multilateral Diplomacy

5 Apr 2021
To be confirmed
3 Days
Programme Area
Other (Governance), Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy, International Law, Other
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UNITAR is delighted to start the new "International Law in Focus" Workshop Series that will explore cutting-edge legal topics.


The second topic to focus on will be International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare. War remains a matter of great concern to humanity. Recent conflicts have demonstrated that the ravages of war continue to have a devastating impact especially on the civilian population. With the increasing amount of states developing military cyber capabilities, the interplay between the “cyber” and “real” realm of war needs to be addressed. Through the course of 3 e-workshops participants will explore methods and means of cyber warfare, and learn to distinguish between the applicability of international humanitarian law to cyber operations in international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts.

Event Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main rules of international humanitarian law and differentiate between those which apply to the cyberspace and the others;
  • Apply the main rules governing international humanitarian law to cyber-warfare;
  • Explain the link between Human rights and the cyber realm.

Content and Structure

The second session of the International Law in Focus Series will focus on the International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Warfare through a series of 3 consequitive workshops covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations;
  • Cyber Warfare; 
  • Cyber Operations and Human Rights.

On the last training day, we will have the honour to welcome a representative of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament and Research (UNIDIR) who will introduce to the participants the Cyber Policy Portal (CPP), an interactive online tool that maps cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related policy landscape.


The core workshop times of the International Law in Focus Series are 1 pm to 5 pm Geneva time. The respective e-workshops will be conducted via the platform Zoom and will be facilitated by an expert on the theme. The material presented in the workshop will be interactive and assignments will be given for participants to further advance their knowledge. 

Participants successfully completing all e-workshops will be awarded a certificate of participation. 

Targeted Audience

The International Law in Focus series is aimed at students and professionals seeking a deeper understanding of international law.

Additional Information

Technical Requirements 

UNITAR will not provide refunds for customers who face technical issues beyond UNITAR's direct control. UNITAR recommends that all prospective participants test Zoom for free at Zoom.us prior to confirming their payment.  

Basic system requirements: 

  • Stable internet connection 
  • Speakers and a microphone  
  • A webcam or HD webcam  
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card 

Please see further information about all technical requirements for participating in this e-workshop here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux 


Please note: Course schedule is subject to change. The course fee is non-refundable but transferrable to another course or participant and subject to change as per UNITAR's policy on pricing.