What are the benefits and impact of the Convention on Cybercrime?

The Budapest Convention is more than a legal document; it is a framework that permits hundreds of practitioners from Parties to share experience and create relationships that facilitate cooperation in specific cases, including in emergency situations, beyond the specific provisions foreseen in this Convention.

Any country may make use of the Budapest Convention as a guideline, check list or model law. Furthermore, becoming a Party to this treaty entails additional advantages. 

  • Consult the Leaflet on the Budapest Convention benefits [ EN / FR / ESP ]
  • Read the full report: The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime: benefits and impact in practice [ EN / FR ].

  Mapping out the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime - Parties

Find out below which countries have signed or ratified the Convention, or see the full list of signatures and ratifications on the Treaty Office page.

  Mapping out the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime - Signatories or Invited to accede

Find out below which countries have signed or invited to acceded the Convention, or see the full list of signatures and ratifications on the Treaty Office page.

  Texts of the Budapest Convention, Protocols and Guidance Notes

  Translation of the Budapest Convention, Explanatory Report and Protocols

Becoming a Party to the Budapest Convention


Any State may accede to the Convention under the procedure set out in Article 37.

Once a (draft) law is available that indicates that a State already has implemented or is likely to implement the provisions of the Budapest Convention in domestic law, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (or another authorised representative) would send a letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe stating the interest of his or her State to accede to the Budapest Convention.

Once there is agreement among the current Parties to the Convention, the State would be invited to accede.

If you wish to know more about the procedure, please contact our Secretariat:

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24/7 Network


The Council of Europe supports the functioning of the 24/7 Network established according to Article 35 of the Budapest Convention as a tool for expedited international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence.

How does the Network function in practice and who are its members?

 

Explanatory videos


Budapest Convention
EN, FR, ES


First Additional Protocol
EN, FR, ES


Second Additional Protocol
EN, FR, ES