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Tallinn Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy

Tuesday 09.02.2021 to Wednesday 10.02.2021
Online, Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise the Tallinn Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy on 9-10 February 2021 (13:00-16:30 UK). The virtual and interactive Winter School will feature lectures and panel discussions by current and former cyber diplomats as well as experts from leading think tanks, academia and institutions.

The event is the latest iteration of the Estonian MFA’s training series on cyber issues in foreign policy, following the success of Cyber Diplomacy Summer School of 2019 and the Cyber Diplomacy Virtual Master Class of 2020. The two-day training programme will cover best practices of cyber norms implementation, the applicability of international law in cyberspace, and confidence and capacity building measures.

The event will be open to a global audience and can be viewed live without prior registration. Viewing information will follow in due course on this website.

In case of any questions, please get in touch via cyberschool@mfa.ee.

Agenda

Day I – 9 February

  • 13:00–⁠13:10 Opening keynote by Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets
  • 13:10–13:20 Introduction to the Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy
    • Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Estonia’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
  • 13:20–14:15 Overview on the cyber stability framework: norms of responsible state behaviour, international law, confidence and capacity building measures
    • Dr James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • 14:15–⁠15:45 Panel discussion: implementing norms of responsible state behaviour and the way forward with the UN First Committee cyber processes
    • Chair: Janne Taalas, Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
    • Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
    • Johanna Weaver, Special Adviser to Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Australia’s Head of Delegation to Open Ended Working Group on Cyber; Australia’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
    • G. Isaac Morales Tenorio, Coordinator for Multidimensional Security in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Mexico’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
  • 15:45–⁠16:30 Case study: cyber norms implementation in practice

Day II – 10 February

  • 13:00–⁠13:10 Keynote intervention
    • Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York; Chair to the Open-ended Working Group
  • 13:10–⁠14:30 Panel discussion: applying international law in cyberspace
    • Chair: Erki Kodar, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Dr Anna Maria Osula, Senior Researcher, Tallinn University of Technology
    • Dr Catherine Lotrionte, Brent Scowcroft Scholar, Atlantic Council; Founder, Institute for International Cyber Stability
    • Dr Kubo Mačák, Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • 14:30–15:45 Capacity building in cyber issues: expectations, requirements and donor coordination challenges
    • Chair: Nayia Barmpaliou, Consultant, Cyber Lab International
    • Chris Painter, President, GFCE (Global Forum on Cyber Expertise) Foundation Board
    • Alexander Seger, Head of the Cybercrime Division, Council of Europe
    • Liina Areng, Policy Officer, EU CyberNet
  • 15:45–16:30 Case study: building the organisational and technical cyber resilience at national level
    • Siim Alatalu, Director, EU Cybernet
    • Tõnu Tammer, Head of CERT-EE, Estonian Information System Agency

Information: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tuesday 09.02.2021 to Wednesday 10.02.2021
Online, Tallinn, Estonia