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Online Panel | EU Cyber Sanctions between Effectiveness and Strategy

  • Timo Koster
  • Erica Moret
  • Stefan Soesanto
Thursday 4 February 2021
Online / Microsoft Live Events

In October 2020, the European Union followed in the footsteps of the United States and imposed its cyber sanctions for the very first time. These are one of the instruments available in the Union’s cyber diplomacy toolbox and are specifically designed ‘to prevent, discourage, deter and respond to continuing and increasing malicious behaviour in cyberspace’.

While representing an important step forward for the Union’s commitment to uphold a ‘rules-based order’ in cyberspace as a single voice, the adoption of cyber sanctions raises however questions on their effectiveness and their broader strategic function.

Addressing these two aspects, this panel debate thus aims 1) to shed light on the current developments on cyber sanctions within the EU; 2) to interrogate their effectiveness as legal instruments; and 3) to explore how they intersect with the EU’s broader strategic and geopolitical role as normative power in cyberspace.


  • Timo Koster - former Dutch Ambassador-at-Large  for Security Policy & Cyber and former Director for Defence Policy and Capabilities at NATO HQ in Brussels
  • Erica Moret - Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Governance and Visiting Lecturer at the Department of International Relations / Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Stefano Soesanto - Senior Researcher in the Cyberdefense Project within the Risk and Resilience Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich

Register via the link at the button below - you will receive a link to the event an hour before the event starts. For more information, please contact us at info@thehaguecybernorms.nl.

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