This fall Professor Virginia Greiman will be leading the inaugural class of her new course, Global Cyber Law and Governance. We are pleased to offer this strategic and innovative new offering to the ELLM curriculum due to the wide-ranging legal issues involving cyberspace, which we believe are of vital and practical importance to the practitioners in our program. Given the topic, as well as Professor Greiman’s well-deserved reputation as a first-rate instructor and subject matter expert, we are confident it will prove to be a popular new offering! This course will also count towards the Certificate and the Concentration in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance.
Professor Greiman offers the following remarks on why cyber law is so important today and what she hopes to accomplish with her new course:
The rapidly changing global cyber environment is raising questions for lawyers, policymakers, consumers, national security specialists, private sector businesses and the international community about how we manage and govern this new domain of cyberspace. The sheer number of users of the Internet has grown to over 3.2 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach 4.7 billion by 2025, including rapid expansion in the developing world. As widely noted in the media and literature, this requires a focus on predictability, stability and security in the governance of cyberspace.
Global Cyber Law and Governance is a unique course in that it covers a broad range of issues that impact people and organizations worldwide on a daily basis. Cyberspace operates in a dynamic paradigm. Control over national security, criminal conduct, critical infrastructures, global financial services, competitive strategy, medical records, trade and development, intellectual property, privacy and a host of other important rights and responsibilities are governed by a paradigm that is conducted in the virtual world. The course explores the unique characteristics of cyberspace and the existing legal concepts and doctrines for national intelligence, intellectual property protection, and privacy. Additionally, we will examine the conceptual legal structure for balancing the triumvirate of national security, cyber competitiveness, and civil liberties.
Cyber-attacks on the Bangladesh banking system, the Estonian government, the United States Office of Personnel Management, the JP Morgan and Chase data breaches, and corporate espionage (including Operation Aroura and the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment) will be discussed and analyzed from the perspective of the legal and regulatory environment and the important lessons learned.
The paradox of national intelligence, cyber competitiveness, and privacy raises vital questions of policy and doctrine as to the troubling problems of attribution, legal borders, forensic capabilities, and self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. A global legal framework that balances national, corporate and private interests will be examined to find solutions to improving legal certainty in the global marketplace.
This course is essential for every lawyer whether the focus of their practice is corporate, torts, contract law, or civil or criminal litigation. Cyber law permeates every aspect of our daily lives and influences social change, the global markets, consumer regulation in cyber space, criminal activity and protection of intellectual property, and trade secrets across borders. NATO has recognized the importance of the growing concern over cyber threats as has almost every government and military organization in the world. This course will focus on the best practices and norms in cyber law adopted by industries and governments worldwide. Today’s lawyers must be prepared to assist their clients in developing and implementing these best practices and governance structures for privacy and data protection to build a stronger, safer and more secure cyber environment for all.
~ Professor Greiman