UNODC, in cooperation with the International Association of Prosecutors and the United National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, has developed a Practical Guide For Requesting Electronic Evidence Across Borders (Guide) with the goal to assist practitioners, namely investigators, prosecutors, judicial authorities and national competent authorities responsible for Mutual Legal Assistance (Central Authorities) of the United Nations Member States to preserve and produce electronic evidence from service providers located in foreign jurisdictions.
On 24 February 2021, UNODC’s Global Firearms Programme and the Terrorism Prevention Branch organized a regional webinar on “Introduction to UNODC’s Practical Guide for Requesting E-evidence Across Borders”. The webinar was attended by sixty-five criminal justice participants from the Western Balkans coming from the law enforcement, prosecutorial services and ministries of justice.
The objective of the webinar was to introduce the Guide, provide information about its purpose and scope, share details about challenges and solutions in gathering of electronic evidence, specifically in Cyberspace. UNODC GFP has translated the Guide into the official languages of Western Balkans jurisdictions and used the event to familiarize the participants with practical ways to utilize the Guide in their day-to-day work, in terms of leading an effective investigation and gathering admissible e-evidence from service providers.
This activity is implemented with the financial support provided by Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Norway through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Trust Fund and supported by the European Union.