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2023 Cyber Stability Conference - Use of ICTs by States: Rights and Responsibilities under the UN Charter


2023 Cyber Stability Conference - Use of ICTs by States: Rights and Responsibilities under the UN Charter

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to the 2023 Cyber Stability Conference (CS23), titled “Use of ICTs by States: rights and responsibilities under the UN Charter”.

Nearly a decade ago, States agreed that international law is applicable and essential for a secure, stable, peaceful information and communications technology (ICT) environment. The remaining question is how international law applies to the use of ICTs by States. With the increasing frequency, sophistication and complexity of cyber threats, it is time for States to discuss more specifically how international law applies to the ICT environment.

To facilitate focused future deliberations and therefore meaningfully contribute to the advancement of multilateral negotiations, CS23 will focus on the first source of international law that States agreed on as being applicable in cyberspace – the Charter of the United Nations (UN). Specifically, CS23 will investigate the rights and obligations of the UN Charter applicable to cyberspace, including legal principles and thresholds related to the topics such as the use of armed force; armed attack and self-defence; role and powers of the UN Security Council; and peaceful settlement of disputes.

In addition to providing a platform for the exchange of views among national experts, CS23 will also feature introductory briefings from reputable scholars, adding clarity on key concepts and supporting meaningful participation of all States in the relevant multilateral discussions.


The event will be held on 3 March 2023, 09:30-18:00 (GMT-5). Please consult this website to find your local time.

Hybrid format – United Nations Headquarters (Conference Room 3, 405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States) and online.


09:30–10:00 Conference opening 

10:00–11:30 Use of Armed Force in Cyberspace (UN Charter art 2.4) 

The panel will discuss the concept of the use of force in cyberspace and lawful reactions by the injured State(s). 

11:30–12:00 Coffee break 

12:00–13:30 Armed Attack and Self-Defence in Cyberspace (UN Charter art 51) 

The panel will discuss the concept of an armed attack in cyberspace and self-defence (incl. questions of causality, degree of gravity and type of consequences). 

13:30–14:30 Light lunch 

14:30–16:00 Role and Powers of the UN Security Council (UN Charter ch V & VII) 

The panel will discuss the threat and breach of the international peace, concept of aggression in cyberspace and investigative powers of the UN Security Council (art 34). 

16:00–16:30 Coffee break

16:30–18:00 Peaceful Settlement of Disputes (UN Charter ch VI) 

The panel will discuss the obligations imposed by the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes, potential venues of dispute settlement and good faith. 

*Please kindly note that the list of speakers will be updated on a regular basis as confirmations are received.


UNIDIR encourages the participation of national representatives and other experts interested in digital technologies in the context of international peace and security.


Please register here. You are kindly requested to specify if you will be attending in person or connecting remotely. Early registrations are encouraged. The link to access the online broadcast of the conference will be provided by email to the registered participants one day prior to the event. Please contact if you have any questions.


03 March 2023


UN New York Headquarters & online