International lawyers: Time’s up for global cyber hackers

In the face of the silent, deadly approach of COVID-19, the world has appeared powerless. But, more than 120 international lawyers have signed the Oxford Statement on the International Law Protections Against Cyber Operations Targeting the Health Care Sector, to say we are not incapable in respect of that man-made but deadly threat of the stealthy, healthcare cyber-attacks - which has been thrown into sharp focus by the pandemic.

Initiated by Professor Dapo Akande, Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Statement has been signed by experts from around the globe, including China, Germany, France, Argentina, India and the US. According to Professor Akande, ‘We have come up with a set of principles, something that states can point to as a framework for battling cyber-attacks.’

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