Cybersecurity Law and Policy

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 49/62
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1410-1530
  • SL294
01/24/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course examines legal and policy challenges stemming from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. Cyber insecurities affect many types of actors—for example, individuals who suffer data breaches, local governments disabled by ransomware, businesses whose intellectual property is plundered, and states that both undertake and attempt to defend against espionage, election interference, and destructive cyber operations. This course will explore the national and international legal frameworks that govern malicious and defensive actions in cyberspace, including laws related to cybercrime, cyberespionage, and cyberwar. The course will consider legal questions within the context of broader debates about issues such as the roles of governmental and non-governmental actors and the role of law in governing a constantly changing domain where many actors operate in secret. The objective of the course is to contextualize cybersecurity threats and responses to them in a national and international law framework, while also recognizing the limits of current law, the need for further policy evolution, and the real-world impacts of different legal and policy options. No technical knowledge is required

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Background in or familiarity with public international law is helpful, but not necessary. International law concepts will be introduced as needed. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM