The Hague Program for Cyber Norms

The Hague Program for Cyber Norms focuses on the development and implementation of cyber norms. We ask how norms are and can be applied to support cyber security, stability and peace. For this purpose we examine how consensus is developing, among governments, academics and the society, on certain norms and how they should apply to State behavior in cyberspace. We also investigate the development of normative thought and scholarship in this field and we contribute to the dialogue about standards of responsible behavior in use of ICTs.

Our Program is an independent and inclusive platform that welcomes academic and non-academic partners. We invite international thinkers and practitioners to apply critical thinking to the cyber peace and security issues. The platform is open for cooperation to all interested universities and scholars.

Welcome to the website of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms!

The Hague Program is a research program at Leiden University in The Hague (the Netherlands), which focuses on the development and implementation of cyber norms. On this website you can find information about the team, the research that we do, the events that we organise, and the fellowships we offer.

Our projects and products take a range of forms, that includes work on a comprehensive cyber norms literature review. We are studying and developing methods for studying, teaching and developing cyber norms, that also result in teaching and reference materials on the subject. Our yearly digests of related thought and writings are intended to broaden the base of academic research and debate in this area. An annual international conference support this research agenda and invites international collaboration and participation.

Each year, we also conduct a series of smaller events on acute and interesting topics. Please check the events page to find out more!

The Hague Program for Cyber Norms is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is part of a continuing commitment by the Netherlands to support development of international norms and understanding with regard to the development and use of ICTs and related new technologies, following the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) hosted in The Hague in 2015.

Would you like to get in touch with us? Please send us an email! We look forward to hearing from you.