Tech&Law Breakfast: A Global Cybersecurity Pact - Necessary, but is it Possible?

A Global Cybersecurity Pact - Necessary, but is it Possible?

By Vigjilenca Abazi

Cyber attacks are an everyday reality. At least 29 governments now have military or intelligence units specifically dedicated to offensive cyber operations, and more than 60 countries are developing cyber weapons. Over 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked at least once. We are all familiar with Russian attacks against the Ukrainian power grid and its cyberattacks in Estonia, or Chinese espionage operations against the U.S. as well as North Koreas stealing tens of millions of dollars from international banking systems. Often these cyber attacks happen in stealth with unclear collaboration between states and private actors yet their implications are profound for national security, critical infrastructure, the economy and importantly, the democratic political process. This talk shows why a global cybersecurity pact is necessary and makes the case on how we could attain an international agreement on cybersecurity.

Vigjilenca Abazi is Assistant Professor of European Law at Maastricht University and visiting researcher at iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts. This talk draws from her research at Yale Law School as resident Fellow, Information Society Project.


08:45 – 09:00 Doors open, coffee, tea, croissants etc.
09:00 Welcome
09:00 – 09:30 Research presentation
09:30 – 09:40 Q&A
09:45 End


For participation in the lecture please use this registration form no later than 6 November 2019, 23:59. Questions? Write to