Adapting to Cybersecurity Threats: The Demand for Combined Capabilities, lecture and discussion by Jesse Sowell, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M, Bush School of Governance

Jesse Sowell presented his work on cybersecurity threats and how private and state actors need to combine their interdependent capabilities. He argues that due to how the internet infrastucture is set up technically and in terms of ownership, and due to the skills and abilities held by private actors, law enforcement cannot tackle cybersecurity threats and threat actors on their own. At the same time, private actors do not have enforcement powers but also need support from law enforcement to deal with the challenges involved actually pursuing, charging, and convicting cybercriminals in various jurisdictions. The participants and Jesse discussed various issues surrounding his thesis and underlying empirical research, for example the role of information sharing in light of the GDPR and the nature of collaboration in this space.

War Powers with Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of Homeland Security and General Counsel of the Department of Defense, spoke at an event hosted by the Center for Global Legal Challenges and the Yale Law School National Security Group on September 17, 2019. The discussion centered around the use of war powers from the practitioner’s lens. Secretary Johnson outlined the domestic and international legal authorities underlying the Department of Defense’s targeting decisions. He then posed a number of scenarios and real-life examples to students to emphasize the legal complexities that arise in the Department’s work. Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law Oona Hathaway ’97, Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges, and Secretary Johnson also discussed the scope of the Executive’s war powers with Secretary Johnson and the appropriate degree of Congressional involvement.