New Challenges for International Rules Against Cyber-Crime

  • Fausto Pocar


In light of the borderless nature of cyber-crime, international legislation and action are essential to combat the phenomenon. Current legal instruments, as well as continuing efforts of international organizations, provide a significant basis in this area. However, important issues are still open, such as a uniform or harmonized definition of the crimes and of the sanctions to be imposed on perpetrators, which are a prerequisite for avoiding domestic legislation taking different approaches to the subject matter. The clarification of these issues is also a prerequisite for enhancing international cooperation and making it effective, if this has to be based on the respect for the principle of dual criminality. In this context, it must also be stressed that interstate cooperation may not be sufficient if the private sector, including companies producing hardware and software, are not involved. Finally, a harmonized approach to jurisdictional issues, including careful consideration of the universality principle, would also play a critical role in combating cyber-crime.

Council of Europe Convention on cyber-crime cyber-crime high technology crime international cooperation on combating cyber-crime international legal sources on cyber-crime prosecution of cyber-crimes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fausto Pocar
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  1. 1.University of MilanMilanoItaly

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