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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…

Chesney Introduces the TNSR’s Special Cyber Competition Issue

11 Nov 2020

Robert Chesney, James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, and Director of the Strauss Center, recently co-authored the introductory essay for the special Cyber Competition issue of the Texas National Security Review, a publication which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center. In it, he and…

TNSR Releases Special Issue on Cyber Competition

28 Sep 2020

In the Texas National Security Review’s—which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center—recent special issue on cyber competition, Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, co-chaired the “Policy Roundtable: Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest.” Chesney co-authored the introduction to this…

Chesney Assesses the U.S. Legal Framework on Cyber Operations

18 Aug 2020

Professor Robert M. 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 an essay in the Aegis Paper Series of the Hoover Institution Journal titled “The Domestic Legal Framework for U.S….

Schmitt Suggests an Attribution Mechanism for the Murky Field of International Cyber Law

04 Aug 2020

Michael Schmitt, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute at West Point and Distinguished Scholar with the Strauss Center, has co-authored titled “An International Attribution Mechanism for Hostile Cyber Operations” for the journal International Law Studies journal. In it, he and his co-author Yuval Shany begin by addressing the…

Strauss Director Chesney Dissects the Recent Discovery of a Revision to CIA Cyber Operations Procedures

30 Jul 2020

Professor Robert M. 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 titled “The CIA, Covert Action and Operations in Cyberspace.”  In it, Chesney lays out the implication…

Brumley and Cybersecurity Fellow Published in “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence”

29 Jul 2020

Caroline Burks, a 2020-21 Brumley Fellow and a Cybersecurity Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a paper “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. The paper employs several widely-accepted theories on the motivations of human intelligence sources to explain the role of celebrated…

Distinguished Scholar Discusses the Prospects of the Development of Legal Norms in Cyberspace

21 Jul 2020

Michael 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, Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published a piece titled “Taming the Lawless Void: Tracking the Evolution of International Law…

Schmitt Discusses the Role of Law and Norms in Mitigating Cyberattacks on Healthcare Infrastructure

09 Jun 2020

Michael 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, Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently participated in a webinar titled “COVID-19 Infodemic: Defending the Health Sector – How…

Strauss Center Scholar Presents Policy Options for Mitigating Civilian Harm in Cyber Operations

14 May 2020

Strauss Center’s Distinguished Scholar Michael Schmitt recently published “Wired warfare 3.0: Protecting the civilian population during cyber operations” in the International Review of the Red Cross. Schmitt raises two issues that have hobbled attempts to craft a consensus legal framework for cyber operations occurring during armed conflicts. The first is the meaning of the term “attack,” which has…

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