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L’espionnage en temps de paix en droit international public

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With the Timor-Leste v Australia spying scandal before the International Court of Justice, cyber espionage operations like GhostNet and the wiretapping of German chancellor Angela Merkel, legal questions on the legality of peacetime espionage arise. Peacetime espionage, however, is almost completely unregulated by international law and has no agreed upon legal definition. Scholarly work on this matter is scarce. Against this background, there is critical need for an in-depth public international law assessment of peacetime espionage. This article analyzes this very issue and examines the legality of peacetime espionage in light of classical notions of public international law.

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Avec la récente affaire d’espionnage Timor-Leste c Australie portée devant la Cour internationale de justice, les opérations de cyberespionnage telle GhostNet ou encore la mise sur écoute d’Angela Merkel, déterminer le statut de l’espionnage en temps de paix (ETP) est devenu un enjeu pressant. Or, celui-ci ne fait l’objet d’aucune définition et encadrement précis en droit international. La doctrine demeure quant à elle plutôt silencieuse. Face à cette situation, il est nécessaire de déterminer la légalité de l’ETP par un examen poussé des notions classiques du droit international public. C’est ce que la présente contribution tente de réaliser.

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Michael N Schmitt , dir, Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber-Warfare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013 à la p 18.

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Canadian Yearbook of International Law/Annuaire canadien de droit international
  • ISSN: 0069-0058
  • EISSN: 1925-0169
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