Inclusive cybercrime policymaking: an online training programme for civil society

This online training programme equips civil society organizations with substantive knowledge on cybercrime and helps create a common understanding on key issues.

Research event
18 October 2021 TO 28 October 2021 — 12:00PM TO 1:30PM

Please note that registration for this training programme has now closed.

As the United Nations (UN) prepares to negotiate a new convention on cybercrime, it is urgent and important that a diverse group of stakeholders are involved in the process. Stakeholders must be representative of the communities around the world most adversely affected by cybercrime and cybercrime policies – such as women and marginalized groups – and well-informed on the key cybercrime issues and recent developments.

To this end, Chatham House’s International Security programme is organizing an online training programme for civil society around the world to equip civil society organizations with substantive knowledge on cybercrime and help create a common understanding on key issues ahead of the first meeting of the UN process on cybercrime scheduled for January 2022.

Delivered by world-leading experts from a range of sectors, the eight sessions will address definitional approaches, legal frameworks, national, regional, and international solutions, cybercrime and human rights, cybercrime and gender, and other related issues.

The sessions will take place on Zoom and last 75-90 minutes. Details on the trainers and the sessions will be released in due course, and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but priority will be given to participants from civil society.

Participants receive a completion certificate from Chatham House upon conclusion of the course and contingent upon their participation in at least seven sessions.

Cybercrime knows no borders as, increasingly, both state and non–state actors deploy cyber technologies to commit crimes which pose threats to national and international security and economic stability, and to the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities around the world. 

Cybercrime, and policies developed to counter cybercrime, both have serious implications for human rights. To counter cybercrime effectively, a whole-of-society approach is needed, supported by strong channels of international cooperation. 

This event will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, French, and Spanish.


Monday 18 October (all times are BST)

Opening session


Cybercrime: knowing what it is and what it is not

This session will provide the conceptual foundations necessary to understand the phenomenon of cybercrime and the legal frameworks to counter it. It will also consider how ideological differences over the internet, cyberspace, power, and control can influence national approaches in conceptualizing cybercrime and in developing regulations and policies.  


Tuesday 19 October

Regional and international solutions: harmonisation and fragmentation

This session will introduce participants to the challenges posed by the transnational nature of cybercrime and the importance of understanding jurisdictional challenges in policy and law making. It will delve into some of the key existing regional instruments such as the Budapest Convention, and other regional initiatives and explore the challenges of transposition of regional and international instruments into national law.


Wednesday 20 October

Cybercrime legislation and human rights

This session will discuss the function of substantive criminal law, national and international approaches to the criminalization of acts in cyberspace, and related human rights concerns. It will show how the laws can deviate from widely accepted international standards related to cybercrime and human rights and lead to human rights abuses. This session will also look at some of the recent proposals brought to the UN cybercrime process and discuss their possible human rights implications.


Thursday 21 October

Digital investigations: challenges and key issues

This session will focus on digital investigation and the key issues and challenges from two perspectives: legal and practical. The first part will introduce of the concepts of digital investigations, mutual legal assistance, and emerging legal frameworks for access to computer data in the context of human rights. The second part will allow participants to get acquainted with the problems of digital investigations from the law enforcement perspective and learn about the challenges of accessing data in criminal investigations based on real-life scenarios.


Monday 25 October

Cybercrime at the UN: negotiating a new global treaty

This session will introduce participants to the new UN cybercrime process, its political background and discuss ways in which civil society individuals and groups can engage.


Tuesday 26 October

ICTs, international security and cybercrime: understanding the intersections for better policymaking

This session aims to provide a better understanding of how international frameworks and policy discussions on combatting cybercrime and promoting responsible state behaviour in the use of ICTs may be better leveraged for coherent responses. It will increase awareness of how the two topics intersect, of existing commitments at the UN level and of concrete recommendations for better collaboration to help address criminal use of ICTs that may threaten international peace and security.  


Wednesday 27 October

Cybercrime and gender: towards a more inclusive approach

This session will introduce participants to the gendered aspects of cybercrime in relation to the acts and impacts, and the implications for embedding gender into policies and legal frameworks including, but not limited to, cyber-enabled crimes. This session will also consider cyber-dependent crimes that appear to be predominantly conducted by males – for example hacking and other computer misuse offences – which resemble the general gender imbalance in offending. 


Thursday 28 October

The encryption debate: fighting cybercrime, protecting national security and safeguarding rights

This session will introduce participants to public key encryption, its benefits to commerce and human rights, and trends towards privacy-enhancing technologies. Highlighting the tensions between privacy and strong encryption, this session will explore key themes such as access to encrypted content and ‘going dark’ claims by law enforcement.


Closing remarks


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