Resources: Training on cybercrime and electronic evidence


Given the reliance of societies worldwide on information and communication technologies, particular efforts are therefore required to enable law enforcement authorities, judges and prosecutors to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate cybercrime as well as to secure and make use of electronic evidence through training, networking and specialisation.


Training for judges and prosecutors


Following up on the Octopus conference held in March 2009, a concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters 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.


The Lisbon Network of the Council of Europe approved in September 2009 this concept paper which 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.


Concept paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors:

- Official languages of the Council of Europe: English / French

- Non-official languages of the Council of Europe: Albanian / Arabic / Bosnian / Georgian / Macedonian / Portuguese / Russian / Serbian / Spanish / Turkish


Training manual on cybercrime for judges

A training manual on cybercrime for judges has been elaborated within the Economic Crime Division of the Council of Europe - under the Project on Cybercrime - with the purpose to facilitate the organisation of basic training courses for judges in cybercrime matters.

Indeed, while in many countries, law enforcement authorities have been able to strengthen their capacities to investigate cybercrime and secure electronic evidence, this seems to have been less the case for judges who nevertheless play an essential role in the criminal justice process. It is therefore required that particular efforts are undertaken to train judges and provide them with the necessary knowledge to adjudicate cases of cybercrime, or other cases involving electronic evidence.

This training manual is designed to provide the material for a basic, introductory training course which should last for a minimum of two days.

"Cybercrime Training for judges: Training Manual": English / Georgian


Training for law enforcement


The 2Centre initiative (Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education) was launched in March 2009 (during the Council of Europe’s Octopus Conference).

2Centre “examines the current methods of training law enforcement and industry in IT forensics and cybercrime investigation. It reviews the activities undertaken by members of law enforcement and relevant industry personnel to gain knowledge and skills in an area which currently has a diverse range of levels of professional training, in-house training, cross training and on-the-job learning”. University College Dublin is the first centre of excellence; the University of Troyes is to become the second in 2010.


Study on the co-operation between LE, Industry and Academia to deliver long term sustainable training to key cybercrime personnel (Octopus Interface 2009)


Other trainings on cybercrime

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) offers basic, intermediate and advanced training classes on cybercrime for lawyers, prosecutors, law enforcement agents and technical advisors.

More resources will be available soon.


Alexander Seger

Data Protection and Cybercrime Division
DG of Human Rights and Rule of Law
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg CEDEX
Tel +33-3-9021-4506
Fax +33-3-9021-5650