29 May 2024, 17:00 - 18:30
Blavatnik School of Government and online
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Governments and private companies around the world face a growing number of cyber security threats and attacks that are expected to increase in frequency, severity, and complexity in the coming years. 

Yet despite shared concern about the evolving cyber threat landscape, and a general consensus about the applicability of existing international law to the cyber context, global efforts to regulate cyberspace have struggled to keep pace.

Robert (Bobby) Chesney, Dean of the University of Texas School of Law and James A Baker Chair III in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at UT, joins Professor Ciaran Martin at the Blavatnik School to discuss emerging trends in cyber security and pathways towards strengthening international law protections in cyberspace. 

This event is the keynote session of a closed-door roundtable held at the Blavatnik School in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

Speaker biography - Bobby Chesney

Bobby Chesney is the Dean of Texas Law and holds the James A Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs.

He was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2011-2022) and director of the Robert S Strauss Center for International Security and Law (a University-wide research unit bridging across disciplines to improve understanding of international security issues). He has served the university in a variety of other capacities, including co-chairing several university-wide strategic planning processes.

Dean Chesney's scholarship focuses on US national security and cybersecurity. His articles may be downloaded from SSRN. He teaches a variety of courses, including: Cybersecurity Law and Policy; Law of the Intelligence Community; Constitutional Law; National Security Law; Evidence; and Counterterrorism Law and Policy. Dean Chesney's free eCasebook on Cybersecurity Law, Policy, and Institutions is available here.

Dean Chesney is a co-founder and contributor to www.lawfareblog.com, the leading source for analysis, commentary, and news relating to law and national security. In addition to his blogging at Lawfare, those interested in national security law should consider following Dean Chesney on X, listening to the National Security Law Podcast (which he co-hosts with his colleague Steve Vladeck), and viewing his contributions to the National Security Law Lectures series (which he co-founded with Matt Waxman).

In 2021, Dean Chesney was appointed to the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In 2009, Dean Chesney served in the Justice Department in connection with the Detention Policy Task Force created by Executive Order 13493. He also previously served as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board and as a member of the Advanced Technology Board, both of which were advisory to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 2007.

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