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Legal challenges arising from the hybrid war

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 14048 | 27 April 2016

Mr Volodymyr ARIEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Oleksandr BILOVOL, Ukraine, NR ; Ms Elena CENTEMERO, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Axel E. FISCHER, Germany, EPP/CD ; Ms Adele GAMBARO, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Mr Andres HERKEL, Estonia, EPP/CD ; Mr Giorgi KANDELAKI, Georgia, EPP/CD ; Ms Inese LĪBIŅA-EGNERE, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr Georgii LOGVYNSKYI, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Liliana PALIHOVICI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Mr Serhiy SOBOLEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Olena SOTNYK, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Chiora TAKTAKISHVILI, Georgia, ALDE ; Mr Egidijus VAREIKIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Mr Sergiy VLASENKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Andrzej WOJTYŁA, Poland, EC ; Mr Leonid YEMETS, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD

Hybrid war is often referred to in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine and the activities of the so-called Islamic State.

This war poses a new type of threat based on a combination of military and non-military means such as cyber-attacks, mass disinformation campaign via social media, disruption of communication and many others.

The widespread use of new tactics raises concerns about the adequacy of the existing legislative tools.

The Parliamentary Assembly should identify legal gaps and subsequently develop appropriate standards which would enable defensive measures to be undertaken in the absence of a direct armed attack by another State. Such measures would also create safeguards against the selective application of international law.