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The Report is extremely timely since the concept of ‘sovereignty’ has recently gained new life in Australia and around the world not least in the cyber context. Increased tensions with China, a constant flow of fake news, frequent references to cyber-attacks conducted by sophisticated State actors, and public announcements on foreign espionage have placed sovereignty front and centre in the Australian psyche. We are in an era of cyber spies and cyber warriors, and with near-universal dependence on digital information and electronic devices, cybersecurity – both on our planet and in space – has become critically important for society as a whole.
The Report makes several valuable recommendations. For example, it observes that Australia must work with its partners and allies to steer the direction of definitions and delineations in international law, including in relation to the centrally important concept of sovereignty. This engagement must, as the Report argues, be broad and multifaceted and include all current formative debates about the concept of sovereignty and its related concepts.
It also emphasises the necessity of maintaining Australia’s commitment to a rules-based international order, and that ongoing militarisation and threatened weaponisation of space represents a significant national security challenge for Australia and other nations. Further, it notes that the territorial conception of sovereignty is challenged by recent developments. These include threats to sovereignty, such as global terrorism and cyber-attacks, which do not follow territorial boundaries. States can no longer preserve their internal sovereignty solely, or even primarily, by policing their geographical borders.
The Report follows a logical structure. The introductory chapter considers literature pertinent to the debate to show why it is important for Defence and policy planners to considering sovereignty in a Defence context. Chapter 2 of the Report provides readers with a critical analysis of the concept of sovereignty, how it has developed and how the concept may be constructed, informed by recent and ongoing critical debates. Chapter 3 considers how the concept of sovereignty may apply in the emerging domain of cyberspace, while Chapter 4 considers sovereignty’s application to the space domain. Chapter 5 provides some concluding thoughts and recommendations for future consideration. I strongly encourage readers to consider the complete Report, but note that each chapter may be considered as a standalone document for members of an interest-specific audience.
|Place of Publication
|Technology and Jurisdiction Legal Research Team
|Number of pages
|Published - Jun 2021
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Expert Roundtable - The Developing Concept of Sovereignty - Considerations for Defence Operations in Cyberspace and Outer Space
Danielle Ireland-Piper (Speaker)14 Oct 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Expert Rountable - The Developing Concept of Sovereignty - Considerations for Defence Operations in Cyperspace and Outer Space
Dan Svantesson (Member of programme committee), Wendy Elizabeth Bonython (Member of programme committee), Rebecca Azzopardi (Member of programme committee), Jonathan Crowe (Member of programme committee), Steven Freeland (Member of programme committee), Samuli Haataja (Member of programme committee), Danielle Ireland-Piper (Member of programme committee) & Nathan Mark (Member of programme committee)14 Oct 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organising a conference, workshop, ...
Guo, S. & Ireland-Piper, D., Jul 2021, Extraterritoriality in East Asia: Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction in China, Japan, and South Korea. Ireland-Piper, D. (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 48-77 30 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Research › peer-review
Freeland, S. R., Ireland-Piper, D., Svantesson, D. J. B., Crowe, J., Haataja, S. & Bonython, W. E., 13 Aug 2021, In: The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Online Resource › ResearchOpen Access