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Chesney Releases an Updated eCasebook and a Case Study on the SolarWinds Hack

09 Sep 2021

Professor Robert Chesney recently published an updated version of his eCasebook—“Cybersecurity Law, Policy, and Institutions”—with a special case study on the Russian cyber-espionage campaign against SolarWinds. Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas…

Schmitt Assesses the Role of the “Plea of Necessity” in Cyber Strategy

07 Sep 2021

Professor Michael Schmitt recently co-authored an article titled “The Plea of Necessity: An Oft Overlooked Response Option to Hostile Cyber Operations” in the U.S. Naval War College’s journal, International Law Studies. Professor Schmitt is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of…

Schmitt Discusses the Tallinn Manual’s Update in WaPo

09 Jul 2021

A recent Washington Post article highlighted Professor Schmitt’s work in updating the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. Michael Schmitt is a Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law…

Wendy Nather Joins the Strauss Center as Senior Cybersecurity Fellow

25 Jun 2021

The Strauss Center is very happy to announce that Wendy Nather, head of the Advisory CISO team at Cisco, is joining our growing roster of talented cybersecurity experts as a Senior Cybersecurity Fellow. In her role as Senior Cybersecurity Fellow, Wendy will curate a speaker-and-events series designed to bring a diverse and compelling array of…

Chesney Compares the U.S. and U.K. Approaches to the Cyber Domain

16 Jun 2021

In a recent essay published by the Hoover Institution, Robert Chesney—Director of the Strauss Center and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law—assesses the disparate origins and evolution of the U.S. and U.K. systems of cyber operations. Professor Chesney begins with a deep dive on U.S. and U.K. defensive…

Cyber 9/12 Geneva Competition – Deep State Machine 5

07 Jun 2021

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a simulation-based competition in which student teams collaborate to provide policy analysis and recommendations in response to an evolving, fictional fact-pattern relating to cyber crisis and conflict. Over each academic year, several regional competitions take place around the world, including the latest in Geneva from May 11-12, 2021.  The University…

Chesney Breaks Down the New Executive Order on Cybersecurity

07 Jun 2021

Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published a Lawfare piece explaining President Biden’s recent executive order on cybersecurity. Professor Chesney began his assessment by explaining how executive…

Chesney Discusses the Solarwinds Campaign & U.S. Sanctions

12 May 2021

Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published a piece on U.S. sanctioning of Russian entities in light of last year’s SolarWinds Orion attack. The sanctions, Chesney explains,…

Schmitt Assesses the Intersection of International Law and Autonomous Cyber Capabilities

12 Mar 2021

Michael N. Schmitt, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, recently published an article in the International Law Studies journal. His article, “Autonomous Cyber…

Chesney Analyzes Section 1752 of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

21 Jan 2021

In a recent piece published in Lawfare, Professor Robert M. Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center and James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, unpacked the legal rationale behind Section 1752 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Section 1752, which recently went…

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