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David P. Fidler

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David P. Fidler

James Louis Calamaras Emeritus Professor of Law, 2019-present ; Professor of Law, 1995-2019

Net Politics -- Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Net Politics brings together CFR experts to investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs.

The Cyber Competition between the United States and Iran Matters Less than You Think (Feb. 26, 2015).

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age: Where Do Things Stand? (Mar. 5, 2015).

Countering ISIS Extremism in Cyberspace: Time for Clear, Hold, and Build? (Mar. 12, 2015).

The Push to Have Digital Technologies Included in the Sustainable Development Goals (Mar. 19, 2015).

The Relationship between the Biological Weapons Convention and Cybersecurity (Mar. 26, 2015).

Cyber War Crimes: Islamic State Atrocity Videos Violate the Law of War (Apr. 8, 2015).

The UN GGE on Cybersecurity: How International Law Applies to Cyberspace (Apr. 14, 2015).

Europe v. Google: A Dispute about Competition, Political Power, and Sovereignty (Apr. 21, 2015).

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise: Its Policy, Normative, and Political Importance (Apr. 28, 2015).

The Digital Single Market Strategy Will Complicate the Economic Relationship between the United States and Europe (May 6, 2015).

The Messages the Federal Court of Appeals Sent to Congress and the Executive Branch on Metadata Surveillance (May 11, 2015).

South Korea's Difficult Path as a Middle Power in International Cyber Politics (June 4, 2015).

Taking Stock of Snowden's Disclosures Two Years On (June 8, 2015).

Countering Islamic State Exploitation of the Internet (June 18, 2015).

Can UN Peacekeeping Enter the Digital Age? (July 2, 2015).

The Policy Implications of Hacking the Hacking Team (July 8, 2015).

Legislative Proposals on Terrorist Use of Social Media Raise Policy and Legal Questions (July 16, 2015).

Cyber Norm Development and the Protection of Critical Infrastructure (July 23, 2015).

Can the TPP Launch a New Era of Governance for Digital Commerce? (July 28, 2015).

Prospects for the Cuban Internet after the Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations (Sept. 10, 2015).

U.S.-China Cyber Deal Takes Norm Against Economic Espionage Global (Sept. 28, 2015).

The Proposed Snowden Treaty: More of the Same Rather than Really Radical (Oct. 12, 2015).

The TPP's Electronic Commerce Chapter: Strategic, Political, and Legal Implications (Nov. 9, 2015).

Cyber Policy after the Paris and San Bernardino Terrorist Attacks (Dec. 8, 2015).

The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2015: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (Dec. 24, 2015).

UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Tackles Terrorist Use of the Internet and Social Media (Feb. 4, 2016).

Send in the Malware: U.S. Cyber Command Attacks the Islamic State (Mar. 9, 2016).

Crisis Averted, Postponed, or Exacerbated? The Department of Justice Delays the Apple iPhone Case (Mar. 22, 2016).

Into Africa: The Islamic State's Online Strategy and Violent Extremism in Africa (Apr. 19, 2016).

The TTIP Leaks and the Future of Electronic Commerce in International Trade Law (May 5, 2016).

The Cyber Act of War Act: A Proposal for a Problem the Law Can't Fix (May 12, 2016).

The Orlando Massacre and the Conundrum of Online Radicalization (June 16, 2016).

Cybersecurity in the Health Sector: Mounting Problems, Uncertain Politics (June 20, 2016).

The Implications of Brexit for UK Cyber Policy (June 28, 2016).

Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback for the "Freedom to Connect" (Aug. 3, 2016).

Israel's New Counter-Terrorism Law and Terrorism in Cyberspace (Aug. 22, 2016).

Democracy and Digital Technologies after the 2016 Election (Nov. 10, 2016).

What a Trump Administration Means for U.S. Digital Trade Policy (Nov. 15, 2016).

Reading James Madison in Light of Twitter and Donald Trump (Dec. 1, 2016).

The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Revisits Terrorism in Cyberspace (Dec. 7, 2016).

The Year in Review: Major Setbacks for Digital Trade in 2016 (Dec. 28, 2016).

President Obama's Pursuit of Cyber Deterrence Ends in Failure (Jan. 4, 2017).

The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia's Information Warfare Strategy (Feb. 13, 2017).

Dangers Multiply for Human Rights in Cyberspace as RightsCon Approaches (Mar. 2, 2017).

U.S. Cyber Diplomacy Requires More than an Office (July 26, 2017).

Despite Progress, Combating Terrorist Exploitation of Cyberspace Faces Mounting Problems (Aug. 2, 2017).

The U.S. Far Right's Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber (Aug. 16, 2017).

A Cyber Norms Hypothetical: What If the USS John S. McCain Was Hacked? (Aug. 23, 2017).

Is the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Back in Business? (Sept. 11, 2017).

Requiem for the Internet Freedom Strategy (Oct. 18, 2017).

Terrorism, the Internet, and the Islamic State's Defeat: It's Over, But It's Not Over (Nov. 28, 2017).

Year in Review: The Trump Administration Disrupts U.S. Cyber Diplomacy (Dec. 18, 2017).

The UN Secretary-General's Call for Regulating Cyberwar Raises More Questions than Answers (Mar. 15, 2018).

PEPFAR'S Impact on Global Health Is Fading (May 18, 2018).

Trump Administration Cyber Reports Offer No New Ideas and Highlight Problems with Its Own Actions (June 11, 2018).

The Supreme Court Adapts Constitutional Law to Address Technological Change (July 11, 2018).

The Drone Revolution Shakes Up Tort Law (Aug. 14, 2018).

UN Treaty Talks and Human Rights Accountability for Corporate Digital Activities (Oct. 23, 2018).

Year in Review: Cyber Threats and the Mid-Term U.S. Elections (Jan. 2, 2019).

Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security (Jan. 14, 2019).


ASIL Insights – ASIL Insights is a blog of the American Society of International Law. Its purpose is to provide concise, objective, and timely background for recent developments of interest to the international community.

Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Law (Feb. 11, 2003).

World Health Organization's Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (Mar. 28, 2003).

SARS and International Law (Apr. 5, 2003).

Developments Involving SARS, International Law, and Infectious Disease Control at the Fifty-Sixth Meeting of the World Health Assembly (June 13, 2003).

Global Outbreak of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) and International Law (Jan. 25, 2004).

Revision of the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations (Apr. 16, 2004).

Influenza Vaccine Supply and International Law (Oct. 7, 2004).

The Indian Ocean Tsunami and International Law (Jan. 18, 2005). Reprinted in INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES LAW AND POLICY REVIEW 26 (2005).

The Continuing Global Spread of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) and Its Implications for International Law (Nov. 7, 2005).

The Use of White Phosphorus Munitions by U.S. Military Forces in Iraq (Dec. 6, 2005).

Outcome of the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, November-December 2006 (Feb. 23, 2007).

Indonesia's Decision to Withhold Influenza Virus Samples from the World Health Organization: Implications for International Law (Feb. 28, 2007).

The Chemical Weapons Convention After Ten Years: Successes and Future Challenges (Apr. 29, 2007).

International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism Enters into Force (July 5, 2007).

Counterinsurgency, Rule of Law Operations, and International Law (Sept. 19, 2007).

The Swine Flu Outbreak and International Law, (Apr. 27, 2009).

International Law and the E. coli Outbreaks in Europe (June 6, 2011).

International Law and the Future of Cyberspace: The Obama Administration's International Strategy for Cyberspace (June 8, 2011).

Risky Research and Human Health: The Influenza H5N1 Research Controversy and International Law (Jan. 19, 2012).

The Internet, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Global Online Freedom Act of 2012 (May 24, 2012).

Ballplayer: Pelotero -- Major League Baseball, Human Rights, and the Globalization of Baseball  (Aug. 22, 2012).

Internet Governance and International Law: The Controversy Concerning Revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations (Feb. 7, 2013).

Economic Cyber Espionage and International Law: Controversies Involving Government Acquisition of Trade Secrets through Cyber Technologies (Mar. 20, 2013).

Arms Control Law -- Arms Control Law  is intended as a forum for rigorous analysis and serious discussion of legal issues related to arms control.

Incapacitating Chemicals and the Chemical Weapons Convention: Reflections on the ICRC's Perspectives on International Law and Toxic Chemicals as Weapons for Law Enforcement (Sept. 6, 2012).

Thank You, Senator Lugar, And Welcome, Professor Lugar (Jan. 28, 2013).

Lifting the Moratorium on "Gain-of-Function" Scientific Research on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 (Jan. 30, 2013).

Toxic Chemical as Law Enforcement Weapons: New ICRC Policy Position for the CWC Review Conference in April 2013 (Feb. 6, 2013).

Becoming Binary Amidst Multipolarity: Internet Governance, Cybersecurity, and the Controversial Conclusion of the World Conference on International Telecommunications in December 2012 (Feb. 8, 2013).

Why the WTO Is Not an Appropriate Venue for Addressing Economic Cyber Espionage (Feb. 11, 2013).

Has Code Become Law? The Liberty Implications of NSA Technological Capability (June 14, 2013).

New US-Russia Cooperative Threat Reduction Agreement (June 19, 2013).

"Peace with Justice": Nuclear Weapons and Cyber Surveillance (June 20, 2013).

Report on the CWC and Regulation of "Wide Area" Riot Control Agent Delivery Mechanisms (June 20, 2013).

Call Me, Maybe: New US-Russia Cybersecurity Initiatives (June 21, 2013).

Me Thinks They Doth Protest Too Much: Espionage in the Cyber Age (July 3, 2013).

More of the Same: The Ministerial Declaration of the International Conference on Nuclear Security (July 5, 2013).

Surveillance Like a Cancer Grows? The Implications of NSA Intelligence Activities on the Non-Proliferation & Arms Control Communities (July 17, 2013).

Zero-Sum Game: The Global Market for Software Exploits (July 18, 2013).

Getting Beyond the Benedict Arnold of the Cyber Age: Crafting Post-Snowden American Policy and Law (Aug. 2, 2013).

Nuclear Strategy Push-Back Against the "Cyber Industrial Complex"? (Aug. 7, 2013).

It's Baaack! The Biosecurity Controversy Over "Gain-of-Function" Research on Influenza Viruses Returns (Aug. 8, 2013).

President Obama Announces Steps to Address Concerns About NSA Surveillance (Aug. 9, 2013).

NSA Disclosures Derail Cyber "Star Wars" Defense Strategy? (Aug. 13, 2013).

Now What? Responding to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria (Aug. 23, 2013).

Neither Humanitarian Intervention Nor Self-Defense in Syria: A New Justification for the Use of Force in International Law? (Aug. 28, 2013).

SCOTUS and the CWC: A Challenge to the U.S. CWC Implementation Act (Aug. 28, 2013).

UK Government Releases Intelligence Assessment on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria and Legal Position on Use of Military Force Against Syria (Aug. 29, 2013).

President Obama Will Go to Congress on Military Strikes Against Syria (Aug. 31, 2013).

Syria and Biological Weapons? And Cluster Munitions? (Sept. 5, 2013).

Global Health Governance Blog -- The GHG Blog is published as part of Global Health Governance, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides a platform for academics and practitioners to explore global health issues and their implications for governance and security at national and international levels.

Ruminations on the Seventh Review Conference of the BWC: More or More of the Same? (Jan. 6, 2012).

The 2012 Republican Primaries: American Conservatism, and Global Health (Jan. 9, 2012).

The WHO Meeting on Controversial H5N1 Research: What Implications for Global Health Governance? (Feb. 15, 2012).

The WHO Meeting on Controversial H5N1 Research: What Happened, and What Does It Mean? (Feb. 20, 2012).

Other Blog Posts -- 

India Wants to Join the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a Weapon State (with Sumit Ganguly), YaleGlobal Online (Jan. 27, 2010).

U.S.-China Relations and the Security Dynamics of Geo-CyberpoliticsChina-US Focus (July 6, 2011).

Ebola and Global Health Governance: Time for the ReckoningChatham House Centre for Global Health Security Expert Comment (Sept. 22, 2014).

Edward Snowden's Big WeekIndiana University Press Blog (June 5, 2015).

ISIL's Online Offensive: Challenges in Countering ISIL in CyberspaceJust Security (June 18, 2015).

Ebola Report Misses the Mark on International Health RegulationsChatham House Centre for Global Health Security Expert Comment (July 17, 2015).

Edward Snowden: Hero, Traitor, Hollywood MythIndiana University Press Blog (Sept. 21, 2016).

Trolling the Intelligence Community Endangers U.S. Security and (Jan. 10, 2017).