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Dr François Delerue is currently research fellow in cyberdefense and international law at the Institute for Strategic Research (Insitut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire – IRSEM) and an adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po Paris. François is also rapporteur for international law in the EU Cyber Direct project. His book titled ‘Cyber Operations and International Law‘ was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2020.

François’ research concerns cyberdefense and cybersecurity, specifically their legal, policy and strategic dimensions. His research focuses on international law obligations, norms and international cooperation, as well as on the various actors involved in this area, including States, private companies, non-governmental organisations. More broadly, he is interested in how new technologies and activities (space activities, cyber, robotics and artificial intelligence) challenge international law and international relations. 

François regularly lectures at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law at Sanremo (Italy) and in the Master in Cybersecurity of the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr (France). He has taught at the European University Institute (EUI), Sciences Po Paris and the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze). He is frequently invited to present at conferences and give guest lectures domestically and internationally.

He was previously a visiting researcher at Columbia University in New York and a Young Scholar Fellow at the Global Relations (Global İlişkiler Forumu) in Istanbul.

He defended his PhD on cyber operations and international law in November 2016 at the EUI, Florence, Italy. His doctoral research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Nehal Bhuta, was sponsored by the IHEDN, the IRSEM and the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education. 

He graduated with a Masters in international law and international organizations from the Sorbonne Law School (Paris 1 University). He holds an LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the EUI. He attended the 62nd youth seminar of the IHEDN (2009) and the international law and cyber operations seminar of the NATO School in Oberammergau (2013).