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Cyberattack as the Crime of Aggression under the Rome Statute

Student: Ekaterina Gostiukhina

Supervisor: Gennady Esakov

Faculty: Faculty of Law

Educational Programme: Jurisprudence (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This paper is devoted to the qualification of a cyberattack as a crime of aggression, codified in the Rome Statute. Since the 2007 cyberattacks on Estonian governmental websites, States do not hesitate to declare that they become victims of cyberattacks, committed by other States. In connection with the adoption of the Kampala amendments, enshrining the crime of aggression in the Rome Statute, the question arises whether a cyberattack can be qualified not only as the use of force or an act of aggression, but also as a crime of aggression. Apart from the Introduction, Conclusion and List of References, the paper consists of two chapters. The first Chapter deals with the definition of cyberattacks, its classification and nature. The second Chapter covers the question whether cyberattacks amounts to the crime of aggression through the prism of its elements.

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