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Tallinn Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy, 9-10 February 2021

Responsible state behaviour and stability in cyberspace have become mainstream foreign policy topics. This also means diplomats must keep themselves in the loop on the many ongoing international discussions, including the implementation of cyber norms and the application of international law in cyberspace as well as advancing cyber confidence and capacity building.


The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise the Tallinn Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy on 9-10 February 2021 (14:00-17:30 CET). The virtual and interactive Winter School will feature lectures and panel discussions by current and former cyber diplomats as well as experts from leading think tanks, academia and institutions.

The event is the latest iteration of the Estonian MFA’s training series on cyber issues in foreign policy, following the success of Cyber Diplomacy Summer School of 2019 and the Cyber Diplomacy Virtual Master Class of 2020. The two-day training programme will cover best practices of cyber norms implementation, the applicability of international law in cyberspace, and confidence and capacity building measures.

How to watch the event?

The event is open to a global audience and can be viewed live without prior registration.

The best way to participate is via our dedicated platform: Here you can watch the livestream, follow the live agenda and ask questions from the speakers (you can ask questions by clicking "Q&A" under each section).

The event will also be broadcast and remain available for subsequent viewing via Youtube and Facebook.

In case of any questions, please get in touch via



All timings are given in Central European Time (CET)


Day I – 9 February

  • 14:00–⁠14:10 Opening keynote
    • Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • 14:10–14:20 Introduction to the Winter School of Cyber Diplomacy
    • Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; Estonia’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
  • 14:20–15:15 Overview of the cyber stability framework: norms of responsible state behaviour, international law, confidence and capacity building measures
    • Dr James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of the Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • 15:15–⁠16:45 Panel discussion: implementing norms of responsible state behaviour and the way forward with the UN First Committee cyber processes
    • Chair: Dr Janne Taalas, Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
    • Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
    • Johanna Weaver, Special Adviser to Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Australia’s Head of Delegation to Open Ended Working Group on Cyber; Australia’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
    • G. Isaac Morales Tenorio, Coordinator for Multidimensional Security Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Mexico’s representative to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber Security
  • 16:45–⁠17:30 Case study: cyber norms implementation in practice
    • Elina Noor, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Asia Society Policy Institute

Day II - 10 February


  • 14:00–⁠14:10 Keynote intervention
    • Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Chair of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
  • 14:10–⁠15:30 Panel discussion: applying international law in cyberspace
    • Chair: Erki Kodar, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
    • Dr Anna Maria Osula, Senior Policy Officer, GuardTime; Senior Researcher, Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, TalTech
    • Dr Catherine Lotrionte, Senior Researcher, Georgetown University
    • Dr Kubo Mačák, Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • 15:30–16:45 Capacity building in cyber issues: expectations, requirements and donor coordination challenges
    • Chair: Nayia Barmpaliou, Director, Cyber Lab International
    • Chris Painter, President, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation
    • Alexander Seger, Head of the Cybercrime Division, Council of Europe
    • Liina Areng, Regional Programme Lead, EU CyberNet
  • 16:45–17:30 Case study: building the organisational and technical cyber resilience at national level
    • Siim Alatalu, Director, EU CyberNet
    • Tõnu Tammer, Executive Director of CERT-EE, Estonian Information System Agency
Viimati uuendatud: 10 Veebruar 2021

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