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[Invitation to lecture] EU’s rules and law-based foreign policy for cyberspace

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EU’s rules and law-based foreign policy for cyberspace


Guest speaker

Professor Dr. Michael Reiterer – Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea


Monday 11 June 2018, 19:00 | Korea University, Anam, science campus




Korea University-Graduate School of Information Security is proud to announce a guest lecture by Professor Dr. Michael Reiterer, who is also the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea. This is a special lecture for the graduate course ‘advanced cyber law’ (Prof Gertjan Boulet).  



Foreign policy is always a function of domestic policies. Therefore, as cyber presents a new challenge not only to society, the way we operate and plan ahead (4th Industrial Revolution), it has also entered over the last two decades international relations. "Twiplomacy" is somehow a reflection of this trend.

With the Liberal International Order under besiege, the EU’s leadership in promoting ‘an open, free, stable and secure cyberspace’ is now more critical than ever before.  This is hardly surprising given that many states increasingly see cyberspace as an environment in which they can pursue their strategic objectives free of the constraints posed by physical borders. 

The EU’s recognition of the need for a common and comprehensive response signals that the Union intends to make a better use of existing diplomatic tools in defense of its interests and values. As the EU pursues a rules and law based foreign policy, the question of the applicability of international law to the cyber domain is important. The discussion about states’ sovereignty in cyberspace is intensifying while progress towards a stability regime for the digital domain – based on norms, international law, and confidence building measures – remains slow. Cyber-crimes also challenge international criminal law and the cooperation of states.

Following the Council Conclusions on Cyber Diplomacy adopted in February 2015, the decision by the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs to endorse the development of a framework for a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities – the so-called Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox (CDT) – demonstrates that the EU has taken up the challenge.



The biography of the Ambassador Michael Reiterer is available here.



19:00-19:05         Welcoming remarks | Prof Gertjan Boulet, Korea University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

19:05-19:10         Congratulatory remarks |Prof Hun-Yeong Kwon, Korea University

19:10-21:30         Guest lecture | Michael Reiterer, Ambassador of the EU to the Republic of Korea

20:30-21:00         Q&A



Participation is free of charge, but please register.



Korea University, International Center for Converging Technology Building, Room 601 (6th floor)

Anam Campus (Science) 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 02841 |Google maps | Naver maps



Gertjan Boulet, Korea University,  

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