Action against economic crime

Resources: International cooperation against cybercrime


Cybercrime is very much transnational crime. Attacks launched by a person in one country or jurisdiction can affect persons in multiple other countries, and even an email communication sent to a person in the same country may generate electronic evidence elsewhere as data may be transmitted through servers in several countries.


 At the same time electronic evidence is volatile. Thus urgent measures that are needed to preserve data at the national level are also necessary within the framework of international co-operation.


Chapter III of the Convention on Cybercrime provides a legal framework for international cooperation with general and specific measures, including the obligation of countries to cooperate to the widest extent possible, urgent measures to preserve data and efficient mutual legal assistance.


Overview of the international cooperation provisions of the Convention


List of competent authorities for judicial cooperation and 24/7 points of contact


About 24/7 points of contact


The Convention on Cybercrime is complemented by a wide range of other treaties of the Council of Europe on international cooperation in criminal matters (see Transnational Criminal Justice).


Important channels of cooperation include the I-24/7 global communication system of Interpol as well as the National Central Reference Points established by Interpol, that is, a network of designated investigators working in national computer crime units in more than 120 countries.

Other useful documents:






Jan Spoenle Cloud computing and cybercrime investigations: territoriality vs the power of disposal?


August 2010

Joseph Schwerha

Law enforcement challenges in transborder acquisition of electronic evidence from "Cloud Computing Providers"


January 2010

Council of Europe/Economic Crime Division

The functioning of 24/7 points of contact for cybercrime (discussion paper prepared by the Project on Cybercrime)


April 2009

Henrik Kaspersen

Cybercrime and Internet jurisdiction (discussion paper prepared by the Project on Cybercrime)


March 2009

Pedro Verdelho

The effectiveness of international cooperation against cybercrime: examples of good practice (study prepared for the Project on Cybercrime)

March 2008


These technical reports have been prepared under the Project on Cybercrime. They do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Council of Europe.