Australia held the final international law in cyberspace online executive course for 2020 delivered in partnership with Cyber Law International. These workshops provided participants with practical training and expertise to better understand and work through the complex international legal issues involving cyberspace.
The final workshop of the series was delivered virtually to a group of 23 Malaysian officials representing ten different agencies across government, concluding on Friday 11 December. There were plenty of great discussions and questions asked over the six-day course which covered various topics such as the prohibition of intervention in cyberspace, diplomatic and consular law in cyberspace, and use of force and self-defence in cyberspace to name a few.
Even though COVID-19 caused this otherwise face-to-face course to be moved to a virtual environment, the participants appreciated the opportunity to learn about pressing cyber law issues relating to international peace and security. In the words of one participant, “This online course provides the perfect learning opportunity where through the use of technology, speakers are able to provide a valuable learning experience for every participant at the convenience of the participant.”
The course which is funded under the Cyber Cooperation Program seeks to strengthen Australia's cyber capacity building efforts through Southeast Asia and the Pacific. A focus for the program is to promote an understanding of how existing international law, norms and confidence building measures apply in cyberspace.