Project on Cybercrime in Georgia: Activities
Regional Workshop on Cybercrime (13 May 2010, Tbilisi)
[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] Taking into account the transnational dimension of cybercrime, the Regional Workshop on Cybercrime was intended to focus on strengthening international cooperation in cybercrime investigations. Representatives and experts on cybercrime from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom as well as Interpol and the private sector participated in the event and shared best practices and experiences.
The workshop particularly focused on the:
- state and effectiveness of cybercrime legislation harmonised with international standards;
- strengthening of skills of law enforcement and criminal justice authorities regarding the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime;
- cooperation between law enforcement and service providers in such investigations;
- enhancing international cooperation on cybercrime.
“Train the Trainer” course (13 May 2010, Tbilisi)
[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] The Project supported the development of training programmes on cybercrime and electronic evidence for law enforcement, judges and prosecutors in Georgia. This course contributed to the reinforcement of Georgian training capacities by “training the trainers” in delivering such courses. This was the second and last module of the course which started in March 2010.
New resources available in Georgian
[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] The "Cybercrime training for judges: training manual" elaborated in the framework of the Council of Europe Global Project on Cybercrime as well as the Guide on seizure on e-evidence are now available in Georgian.
Regional Workshop on Cybercrime (13 May 2010, Tbilisi)
[19 April 2010, Strasbourg] Taking into account the transnational dimension of cybercrime and thus the need for cooperation among countries, this regional workshop organised within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Project on Cybercrime in Georgia will aim at strengthening international cooperation in cybercrime investigations.
This regional workshop will gather representatives from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine as well as international experts and the private sector to share best practices and experiences in adopting a legislative framework in line with the Convention on Cybercrime (CETS 185) and in facing challenges related to cybercrime investigations.
Participants in the workshop should be professionally involved in matters related to cybercrime and represent preferably an institution dealing with cybercrime legislation, a law enforcement or prosecution service responsible for cybercrime investigations.
Interested persons should complete and send back as soon as possible and not later than 30 April a registration form to Ms Lucile Sengler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agenda (English only)
Conference on cybercrime (2 March 2010, Tbilisi)
Representatives from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs also discussed further steps to be taken as regards the ongoing legislative and institutional reform process.
The Project provided continuous support to this process by carrying out several activities to assist the authorities in their efforts to strengthen capacities in Georgia against cybercrime.
Workshop on law enforcement-ISP cooperation (2 March 2010, Tbilisi)
[8 March 2010, Strasbourg] The workshop gathered representatives from law enforcement authorities and Internet service providers to discuss current challenges of their cooperation and identify the ways to strengthen it.
The Council of Europe
“Guidelines on cooperation
between law enforcement and ISP
against cybercrime” served as a basis for discussion.
“Train the Trainer” course (1-3 March 2010, Tbilisi)
[8 March 2010, Strasbourg] This course was designed to train the trainers in delivering cybercrime courses and ensure that training is delivered by local trainers in local languages and only limited needs of international trainers.
The training followed a series of activities organised within the Project which underlined the need to provide prosecutors, judges and investigators of the future High Tech Crime unit with an insight into the criminal use of technology and to strengthen their capacities to investigate and prosecute cybercrime as well as secure electronic evidence.
A second session of the course will take place in May 2010 in Tbilisi.
Steering Committee Meeting (1 March 2010, Tbilisi)
[8 March 2010, Strasbourg] The Steering Committee reviewed the activities implemented since October 2009 and discussed further activities and other issues related to the implementation of the Project, which ends in May 2010.
Concept Paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors available in Georgian
[1 February 2010, Strasbourg]The concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters is now available in Georgian . This concept is aimed at helping judicial training institutions develop and integrate such training in regular initial and in-service training. It will furthermore facilitate networking among judges and prosecutors to enhance their knowledge as well as consistent support to training initiatives by interested partners.
Georgia was involved in developing the concept paper, which was prepared as a joint effort by a multi-stakeholder working group under the Project on Cybercrime and the Lisbon Network of Judicial Training Institutions and approved by the Lisbon Network in September 2009.
Concept Paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors
More resources on training on cybercrime and electronic evidence
Guidelines on law enforcement - internet service providers cooperation available in Georgian
[27 January 2010, Strasbourg]The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime were adopted by the global Conference "Cooperation against Cybercrime" (Council of Europe) on 1-2 April 2008 to help law enforcement and service providers to organise their cooperation while respecting each others' roles and responsabilities as well as the rights of internet users. Their translation into Georgian has been provided in the framework of the Project on Cybercrime in Georgia.
Guidelines in Georgian
More resources on law enforcement and internet service providers cooperation against cybercrime
Establishment of a Working Group on cybercrime legislation
[2 November 2009, Strasbourg]A Working Group on reforming the cybercrime legislation has been established by a Decree of the Minister of Justice of Georgia on October 16, 2009.
The Working Group is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Office of Chief Prosecutor and the National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia.
It shall present to the Minister of Justice by 15 December 2009 the draft laws fully implementing the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
The Working Group has been created in addition to the already existing Working Group drafting amendments to bring the Georgian legislation on data protection in line with the Council of Europe Convention and Protocol on data protection (CETS 108 and 181).
Workshop on legislation (29 September 2009, Tbilisi)
[9 October 2009, Strasbourg] As a follow up to the event organised in July 2009, the workshop on legislation held at the Ministry of Justice provided the opportunity for the participants to discuss with the experts the two reports assessing the Georgian legislation on cybercrime and data protection.
The representative of the Ministry of Justice announced that in addition to
the existent Working Group on data protection a Working Group for drafting
amendments to cybercrime legislation in view of implementing international
standards will be established by 12 October 2009.
Round table discussion on High Tech Crime unit (28 September 2009, Tbilisi)
[9 October 2009, Strasbourg] A second Round Table was organised at the Ministry of Internal Affairs to discuss the expert report on creation of a specialised unit for investigating cybercrime.
During the discussions, the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that a decision to create a high tech crime unit in Georgia could be made soon.
Steering Committee Meeting (28 September 2009, Tbilisi)
[9 October 2009, Strasbourg] The purpose of the meeting was to review the project’s implemented activities carried out between 1 June 2009 – 27 September 2009 and to discuss further activities of the project.
Results of round table and workshop (15-16 July 2009, Tbilisi)
[23 July 2009, Strasbourg] A round table on specialised institutions and a workshop on cybercrime legislation were held on 15 and 16 July 2009 in Tbilisi within the framework of the Project on Cybercrime in Georgia. Participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, of Justice and the prosecution service defined the harmonisation of the domestic legislation with the Convention on Cybercrime as a priority and agreed on the need to create a specialised unit to investigate computer crimes. Furthermore, they underlined the importance of greater awareness on threats posed by cybercrime and preventive measures.
Round table discussion and Workshop on cybercrime legislation (15-16 July 2009, Tbilisi)
[9 July 2009, Strasbourg] The round table discussion organised in Tbilisi on 15 July 2009 will gather representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the Council of Europe experts and other stakeholders to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen capacities in Georgia against cybercrime by establishing specialized institutions for the investigation of cybercrime and international cooperation. The aim of the workshop organised on 16 July 2009 on cybercrime legislation is to review the relevant legislation in Georgia and indentify the provisions that need further reform in order to comply with the requirements of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.
New Project on Cybercrime in Georgia to be launched