Cybercrime and Criminal Justice in Cyberspace - African Region
A series of online seminars hosted by the European Union and the Council of Europe
The UN Intergovernmental Expert Group on Cybercrime (IEG) was established in 2010 “to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime and responses to it by Member States, the international community and the private sector, including the exchange of information on national legislation, best practices, technical assistance and international cooperation, with a view to examining options to strengthen existing and to propose new national and international legal or other responses to cybercrime”. In 2020, the IEG is to discuss the chapters on international cooperation and prevention of the Comprehensive Draft Study on Cybercrime, as contained in the work plan of the Expert Group for 2018-2021. In December 2019, the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/247 initiated a new, parallel process. The resolution mandates the establishment of an Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee of Experts, representative of all regions, to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on “countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes”. The process is to begin with a three-day organisational session in August 2020.
The aim of this series of seminars is to contribute to the new process through the sharing of experience and good practices between criminal justice practitioners, who are to be the beneficiaries of a future UN treaty on cybercrime, and foreign policy experts, who will be involved in the negotiation of this treaty. The seminars will focus on:
- The concept of cybercrime as a matter of criminal justice
- The question of cybercrime legislation and reforms already undertaken by governments worldwide
- The challenge of international cooperation in practice
- The experience of capacity-building
Download The global state of cybercrime legislation (EN)
Download The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (EN)
Download The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (ES)
Download Background Note (EN)
Download Cyber Diplomacy in the European Union (EN)
About the Organiser
The European Union – through its institutions, agencies and actions of the member states – actively contributes to the global fight against cybercrime. To strengthen international cooperation in this domain, the EU conducts policy dialogues with third countries, strengthens mechanisms for operational cooperation between law enforcement and judicial bodies, and provides funding for developing legal and institutional capacities around the world.
About the Organiser
The series of seminars is supported by the GLACY+ Project, joint initiative of the European Union (Instrument Contributing to Peace and Stability) and the Council of Europe. GLACY+ is aimed at strengthening capacities of states worldwide to apply legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence in line with international standards and at enhancing criminal justice abilities for effective international cooperation in this area. GLACY+ supports countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean region.