Election Interference

International Law and the Future of Democracy
Cambridge University Press
  • erscheint ca. am 31. Juli 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 280 Seiten
978-1-108-49465-6 (ISBN)
Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election produced the biggest political scandal in a generation, marking the beginning of an ongoing attack on democracy. In the run-up to the 2020 election, Russia was found to have engaged in more "information operations," a practice that has been increasingly adopted by other countries. In Election Interference, Jens David Ohlin makes the case that these operations violate international law, not as a cyberwar or a violation of sovereignty, but as a profound assault on democratic values protected by the international legal order under the rubric of self-determination. He argues that, in order to confront this new threat to democracy, countries must prohibit outsiders from participating in elections, enhance transparency on social media platforms, and punish domestic actors who solicit foreign interference. This important book should be read by anyone interested in protecting election integrity in our age of social media disinformation.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge
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  • Großbritannien
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978-1-108-49465-6 (9781108494656)

Jens David Ohlin is Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. His work stands at the intersection of three related fields: criminal law and procedure, international law, and the laws of war. Trained as both a lawyer and a philosopher, Professor Ohlin has tackled diverse research questions that include the philosophical foundations of international law, collective criminal action, and the role of new technologies in war. He is the author of leading textbooks in international law and criminal law.
Introduction; 1. What is election interference?; 2. Election interference is not cyberwar; 3. Limits of the sovereignty framework; 4. The promise of self-determination; 5. Foreign electioneering and transparency; 6. Free speech and elections; 7. The value of criminal prosecutions; 8. Soliciting foreign interference; Conclusion.

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