Volume LI – Number 2

Cameron H. Bell

Abstract: The internet and computerization have revolutionized how humans and states interact. However, with these new technologies comes a new arena for conflict between states. The definition of aggression under U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3314 is inadequate in addressing these new threats. This work suggests the addition of an inclusive definition of cyber warfare to the current internationally accepted definition of aggression. Additionally, through analysis of cyber attacks on Estonia, Georgia, Iran, the Philippines, and the United States, this work will show that while cyber attacks violate international law under Resolution 2625, and should be considered acts of aggression, the language of Resolution 3314 is such that these attacks do not meet the current legal definition of aggression. Moreover, this analysis will show that, through the use of cyber weapons, states have successfully circumvented Resolution 3314, allowing aggressor states to take destabilizing actions with near impunity.

Keywords: International legal system, definition of aggression, cyber warfare, Resolution 3314, cyber attack, international law, Stuxnet, Russo-Georgian War.

About the Author: Cameron H. Bell is an undergraduate student at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduating hewill receive Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Asian Studies.

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