Duncan B. Hollis


Duncan B. Hollis is James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple University Law School. He is editor of the award-winning Oxford Guide to Treaties (Oxford University Press, 2012) as well as various articles on securing cyberspace, including (with Martha Finnemore) Constructing Norms for Global Cybersecurity, 110 American J. Int’l Law 425 (2016).  Professor Hollis is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the OAS Inter-American Juridical Committee.   

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China And The US Strategic Construction of Cybernorms: The Process Is the Product

by Duncan B. Hollisvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

With so much attention centered on the very brief trial balloon of a “Cyber Security unit” and U.S.-Russia cyber relations, it’s easy to forget that for much of the past decade U.S. foreign policy has paid equal—if not greater attention—to the U.S.-Sino relationship in cyberspace.

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China and the US Strategic Construction of Cybernorms: The Process Is the Product

by Duncan B. Hollisvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, July 6, 2017

This paper explores the role norms play in advancing U.S. interests in changing Chinese behavior in cyberspace.  It compares and contrasts U.S. efforts to achieve two norms:  (1) the U.N. Group of Governmental Experts’ consensus that international law applies in cyberspace; and (2) the U.S.-China understanding that neither State would pursue cyber-espionage for commercial advantages.  In contrast to prior studies that focus only on the behavior a norm requires, this paper employs a broader, process-based analysis.  That analysis offers a new framework for strategizing about the potential risks and rewards of pursuing different normative processes, whether in U.S. efforts to impact China’s behavior in cyberspace or vice-versa.