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Upon invitation and with the support by the Government of the Netherlands, the ICT4Peace Foundation is honoured to organise a half day training Course on International Cybersecurity Diplomacy on 15 April 2015 in The Hague. The course is co-organized with the Clingendael Netherlands Institute for International Relations. For more information and registration details, visit

The aim of this short course is to provide an introduction to the subject of international cyber security diplomacy and current eorts to develop norms of responsible state behaviour and confidence building measures (CBMs)regarding cyberspace and ICTs. The course is aimed at government ocials involved in foreign policy development and/or cyber security diplomacy as  well as private sector and civil society representatives who have a stake in shaping normative regimes for cyberspace.
The course is designed to meet the following specific  objectives:

  1. To familiarise participants with the political-diplomatic context in which cyber security is currently being addressed in global and regional fora.
  2. To expose participants to primary documents sourced from real world multilateral forums.
  3. To stimulate reflection on and discussion of the key issues that have emerged to date in cyber security debates.
  4. To discuss future developments in the on-going multilateral deliberations on cyber security and to consider the prospects for arriving at agreed conclusions.
  5. To encourage an exchange of experiences, opinions and perspectives amongst the participants that can help to inform future capacity-building activities.
  6. To prepare participants for their own participation in the Hague Conference on Cyberspace.


The course will be conducted in a seminar-type format and will be structured in a manner that  promotes as much interaction with participants as follows:

Preparatory reading material

  1. Report of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International SecurityJune 2013
  2. OSCE Presidential Council Decision No. 1106 Initial Set of OSCE Confidence Building Measures to Reduce the Risk ofConflict Stemming From the Use of Information and Communications Technologies
  3. Baseline Review of ICT-Related Processes and Events. Implications for International and Regional Security (2011-2013)
  4. Confidence Building Measures for Cyberspace
  5. A Role for Civil Society? ICTs, Norms and Confidence Building Measures in the Context of International Security
  6. Getting Down to Business: Realistic Goals for the Promotion of Peace in Cyber-Space. A Code of Conduct for Cyber-Conflicts

Speaker Bios 
Amb. (ret.d) Paul Meyer is a Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a SeniorAdvisor of ICT4Peace. A former career diplomat with Canada's Foreign Service, Meyer served as Ambassador andPermanent Representative to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2003-2007). His HQassignments have also included heading the Bureaux of International Security and Security & Intelligence. He has been engaged in international cyber security policy development and has written extensively on issues related to the diplomacy of cyberspace.
Professor Paul Cornish is Research Group Director for Defence, Security and Infrastructure at RAND Europe inCambridge. His appointments have included Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter, Professor ofInternational Security at the University of Bath and (inaugural) Carrington Professor of International Security at ChathamHouse. He was educated at the University of St Andrews and the London School of Economics. He then served in the British Army and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He directed the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London and taught at the UK Defence Academy and the universities of Cambridge, Bath and Exeter. His work covers national strategy, cyber security, the ethics of armedconflict, civil-military relations and other aspects of contemporary international security. He is a member of the UK Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel, a Fellow of Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity-Building Centre and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Dr. Duncan B. Hollis is the James E. Beasley Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Professor Hollis's scholarship focuses on treaties andinternational regulation of cyber threats. He is the editor of the award-winning Oxford Guide to Treaties (OUP, 2012)and National Treaty Law and Practice (Martinus Nijhoff, 2005) as well as a series of articles on the extent to whichinternational law does (and does not) regulate governance and behaviour in cyberspace. He is a senior team member of METANORM: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Analysis and Evaluation of Norms and Models of Governance forCyberspace, an MIT-led project that is funded by the Minerva Research Initiative. A former legal adviser for treaty affairsin the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser, Professor Hollis serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, as an elected member of the American Law Institute, and as a regularcontributor to Opinio Juris, a leading blog on international law and international relations.
Laurent Giselle currently holds the position of Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).He has been working for the International ICRC since 1999. From 1999 to 2005, he carried out assignments inIsrael and the Occupied Territories, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Nepal. From 2005 to 2008, he served as DiplomaticAdviser to the ICRC Presidency. Since 2008, Laurent Gisel works in the ICRC Legal Division. As Legal Adviser to theOperations from 2008 to 2012, he covered notably the Western countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently working inthe Thematic Legal Advisers' Unit. Prior to joining the ICRC, Laurent Gisel became attorney-at-law in Geneva and workedat the Public and Administrative Law Court of the Canton de Vaud. He holds a degree in law from the University ofGeneva and a Master in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland).
Sico van der Meer is a Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'. His researchfocuses on non-conventional weapons such as Weapons of Mass Destruction and cyber weapons. He graduated from theRadboud University Nijmegen in 1999 with a Master’s in History. Before joining the Clingendael Institute, heworked as a journalist and as a Fellow at a think tank that focuses on civil-military relations. Currently he is alsoeditor of the Dutch monthly magazine ‘Internationale Spectator’ as well as a member of the Editorial Board of theacademic journal ‘Security and Human Rights’.