Reading School of Law and International Cyber Law Executive Course in Southeast Asia

The School of Law took its Executive Course in International Cyber Law to Southeast Asia from 19-26 August. The six-day virtual course, which is co-directed by Professor Mike Schmitt and sponsored by the governments of Australia, the Netherlands, and Singapore, is the online version of an in-resident program that the Law School hopes to begin offering again throughout the world next year.

The Executive Courses address issues ranging from the protection of human rights online to the prohibitions on intervention and the use of force in international relations. The course is of particular importance at the present time as it deals with cyber operations by states or non-state groups that conduct cyber operations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as COVID-19 vaccine cyber espionage and cyber-attacks against the World Health Organization and other medical organizations and facilities.

The Executive Course is designed for government officials and sponsored by various nations. This iteration brought together officials with a cyber portfolio from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It was sponsored by Australia, the Netherlands and Singapore.

Additionally, Professor Schmitt directed a one-day seminar on cyber law for Vietnamese officials on 27 August. Attended by 30 officials from throughout the government, the Netherlands and the European Union sponsored the event in collaboration with the Government of Vietnam.