Assisting States in their efforts against cybercrime

Photo: UNODC20 May 2015 - During a side event at the 24th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), UNODC launched the cybercrime repository - a database of legislation, case law and lessons learned on cybercrime and electronic evidence. This tool will assist countries in their efforts to prevent and effectively prosecute cybercriminals.

At the launch, Loide Lungameni, Chief of UNODC's Organized Crime Branch, noted that this new database is the only currently available global tool which contains laws, cases and lessons learned on cybercrime and electronic evidence. "The repository enables lawmakers to draw upon the database of legislation when drafting laws on cybercrime or electronic evidence; it facilitates international cooperation by helping law enforcement and prosecutors to identify cybercrime legislative provisions applicable in other States; and it provides users with examples of good practices in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime."

The new tool was developed following a call from the 22nd CCPCJ for broader technical assistance efforts and deeper international cooperation in order to assist countries to enhance their capacities and responses against cybercrime. In this, UNODC manages the central data repository of cybercrime laws and lessons learned, aiming to better assess the needs and criminal justice capabilities, and the delivery and coordination of technical assistance in this area.

The repository comprises three parts which aim to facilitate States' efforts against cybercrime:

  • The Database of Legislation which contains substantive and procedural legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence of 181 countries, and is searchable by country, type of cybercrime offence, and procedural aspects. The database contains extracts of laws relevant to cybercrime offences and cross-cutting issues, and allows users to access full legislation documents;
  • The Case Law Database which contains jurisprudence, as well as records of successful law enforcement operations, on cybercrime and crimes related to electronic evidence. This allows users to see how States are tackling cybercrime cases both operationally and in their courts; and
  • The Lessons Learned Database which contains national practices and strategies in preventing and combating cybercrime. Information compiled in this database has been gathered in the framework of the UNODC Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime and is supplemented by national cybercrime and cybersecurity strategies. 

Further information:

UNODC's Cybercrime repository

24th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

UNODC's work on organized Crime