Development of a Specialized Publication on
"The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes"
On 5 and 6 October 2011, TPB and the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of UNODC, with the support of the Government of the United Kingdom, convened in Vienna an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes. Experts from 20 Member States participated in the EGM, including senior prosecutors, law enforcement officers and academics, as well as representatives from several intergovernmental organizations.
The EGM provided a forum for expert counter-terrorism practitioners, from a geographically diverse group of Member States, to share their experiences relating to the use of Internet for terrorist purposes. Participating experts discussed examples of national case-law relating to terrorist use of the Internet, including best practices developed and challenges encountered in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of such cases, in the context of the existing legislative framework.
The EGM represented the first step in the development by UNODC of a specialized publication, aimed at strengthening the capacity of Member State law enforcement and criminal justice officials to more effectively investigate and prosecute terrorist cases involving the use of the Internet. The resulting publication will assess key aspects of existing national legislation and practice in this area, as well as relevant international standards and norms.
The specialized publication will eventually be integrated as a reference "Module" to TPB's Counter-Terrorism Legal Training Curriculum, as well as included in the reference material utilized by training platforms or network focal points to strengthen international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of terrorist cases. It will also be fully integrated into TPB's national level technical assistance activities in the fields of criminal justice related to terrorism and human rights.
A second EGM on the same topic is scheduled to be held in Vienna on 2-3 February 2012. The final publication is expected to be made available in Spring 2012.