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Bringing Fear to the Perpetrators – Humanitarian Cyber Operations as Evidence Gathering and Deterrence
Strategic Analysis (2015)
  • Jan Kallberg, University of Texas at Dallas

Humanitarian cyber operations would allow democratic states to utilise cyber operations as a humanitarian intervention to capture information and create a foundation for decision making for collective international action supported by humanitarian international law. This follows the legal doctrine of responsibility to protect, which relies first on the nation state itself but when the state fails to protect its citizens, then the international community can act ignoring the repressive or failed states national sovereignty. Another support for humanitarian cyber operations is the ability to capture evidence to support future prosecution for crimes against humanity. The weakest link in the chain to prosecute war criminals, and hold those who perpetrate atrocities against civilians are accountable, is secured unquestionable evidence. The quest to secure evidence in the fog of war and turmoil of modern conflicts is a challenging task. In the chaos of civil wars and ethnic conflicts, evidence are lost and witnesses are either casualties of the conflict or dispersed as refugees to other countries, meanwhile the prosecutors need to reach the threshold of undeniable responsibility for the perpetrator to get a punitive verdict against the offender.

  • cyber operations,
  • security,
  • deterrence,
  • cyber,
  • international law,
  • international humanitarian law
Publication Date
Summer July 1, 2015
Citation Information
Jan Kallberg. "Bringing Fear to the Perpetrators – Humanitarian Cyber Operations as Evidence Gathering and Deterrence" Strategic Analysis Vol. 39 Iss. 4 (2015)
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