Following almost four years of negotiations (September 2017 – May 2021) and formal approval on 17 November 2021, the 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime will now be opened for signature at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on 12 May 2022, within the framework of an international conference on enhanced cooperation and disclosure of electronic evidence, on 12-13 May 2022. The event will be held in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

 The Second Additional Protocol

While cybercrime is proliferating and the complexity of obtaining electronic evidence that may be stored in foreign, multiple, shifting or unknown jurisdictions is increasing, the powers of law enforcement are limited by territorial boundaries. As a result, only a very small share of cybercrime that is reported to criminal justice authorities is leading to prosecutions or court decisions.

The Protocol responds to this challenge and provides tools for enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence - such as direct cooperation with service providers and registrars, effective means to obtain subscriber information and traffic data, immediate co-operation in emergencies or joint investigations - that are subject to a system of human rights and rule of law, including data protection safeguards.


  • Opening for signature of the 2nd Additional Protocol
  • Interventions by senior officials
  • Debates on
    • the tools of the 2nd Additional Protocol
    • public/private cooperation
    • cooperation in emergency situations and the role of 24/7 contact points
    • safeguards
    • capacity building


The conference will be open to cybercrime experts from public and private sectors as well as international and non-governmental organisations from all over the world. High-level interventions are expected in the session for the opening for signature of the Protocol on 12 May. Working languages will be English, French and Spanish. The event is planned for participation in person, but provisions will also be made for online participation given the ongoing COVID situation.

Registrations are now closed.


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