University Bio - Nicolas Jupillat

Nicolas Jupillat

Adjunct Faculty

Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: N/A


  • Master, Geopolitics, Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) ‘13
  • Maîtrise, Public Law, University of Auvergne ‘10


Professor Jupillat initially joined the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2014 as its resident French Scholar before becoming a member of the adjunct faculty in 2016. He also previously served as Visiting Professor at the College of Liberal Arts and Education’s Center for Cybersecurity and Intelligence Studies during academic year 2016-17. His legal scholarship, which appeared in the Detroit Mercy Law Review (cited in the Cornell International Law Journal) and the North Carolina Journal of International Law, focuses on how emerging technology is affecting the interpretation and implementation of existing international norms.

Professor Jupillat is a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, a global network of experts from academia, industry, and government working to develop ethical guidelines for AI system use and design (See forthcoming Ethically Aligned Design v2). He also recently led the French translation efforts for the Creative Commons international copyright licenses on behalf of Creative Commons Canada and the International Organization of La Francophonie, in cooperation with Creative Commons France and lawyers from eight French-speaking countries. His first involvement in that project began during his time as Google Policy Fellow at the University of Ottawa Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). Professor Jupillat was one of the two recipients of that fellowship in Canada in 2015.

Before moving to North America, Professor Jupillat authored the French Defense Ministry’s first comprehensive study of the International Law applicable to cyber war, in the context of negotiations within the United Nations’ Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security. Upon completion of that report, he became the first French national to join NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, Law and Policy Branch, where he had the privilege of assisting Liis Vihul, the manager and managing editor of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (Cambridge University Press 2017).


Nicolas Jupillat, From the Cuckoo’s Egg to Global Surveillance: Cyber Espionage That Becomes Prohibited Intervention, 42 N.C. J. Int'l L. 933 (2017);

Nicolas Jupillat, Armed Attacks in Cyberspace: The Unseen Threat to Peace and Security that Redefines the Law of State Responsibility, 92 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 115 (2015).


Seminar moderator, Introduction to Creative Commons copyright license elements, University of Ouagadougou II, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2016);

Speaker and Panelist, Mass-Scale Extraterritorial Surveillance under International Law, Cyber Warfare and International Law Symposium, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (2016);

Speaker, Fellowship Project Showcase, Google Public Policy Department, Washington, D.C. (2015);

Speaker, A Perspective on the Law of Cyber War, Departmental Talk, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law, Detroit, MI (2014);

Presenter, Cyber Security and Transnational Crime, G8 Youth Summit Process, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin, Germany (2012); and Sciences Po, Paris, France (2012).


International Law of Cyberspace (6390)

Space and Telecommunications Law (3260)

International Law (3200)

European Union Law (2150)

Introduction to French Law (2630)