Filling the opinio iuris vacuum on sovereignty in cyberspace: A call for the South-Eastern European States to act
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Associate professor of law Military Academy General Mihailo Apostolski, Skopje and Adjunct Faculty Member, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University, ASU, U.S.
Publication date: 2022-02-07
Cybersecurity and Law 2021;6(2):151–166
There is more than one reason why South-East European States should clarify their public positions on the applicability of sovereignty as a principle or as the rule of international law while addressing the growing ambiguity in cyberspace. The article argues that strategically and legally it is in the SEE States’ interest to step up and fill the vacuum in ever needed opinio iuris on the applicability of sovereignty in cyberspace, particularly after some leading NATO States took an opposing course on the issue. Explaining the evolution in cyberspace and how this affects the Westphalian concept of sovereignty under international law the article introduces the importance of the main thesis. It then provides the rationale for the argument and explains why it is in the SEE States interest to act and express their position on the applicability of sovereignty in cyberspace under international law.
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