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26 Sep 2023


The UN Cybercrime Treaty: Is it a Crime?

Join the Stimson Centre for an online discussion with international experts on the new cybercrime treaty’s significance for human rights and cyber accountability at the global, regional and national levels.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

US Eastern
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

25 May, 2022


Getting it right: EU multi-stakeholder dialogue on the UN cybercrime treaty negotiation

13:00 to 14:00 CEST.

The EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative together with the European Commission and the European External Action Service organise the online meeting ‘Getting it right: EU multi-stakeholder dialogue on the UN cybercrime treaty negotiation’.

The United Nations negotiation of a new cybercrime treaty convenes for its second session (30 May – 10 June 2022) with the demanding task of discussing general provisions as well as criminalisation, procedural measures and law enforcement clauses. As this is the first time the UN Member States are negotiating a binding legal framework on cybercrime, the stakes are high on the scope and impact this work will have in regulating online activity and shaping international criminal justice cooperation in the digital era.

A building block to this process is the meaningful participation of diverse voices from the multi-stakeholder community and the incorporation of their input in the discussion. The European Union and its Member States have developed their contribution and, building on previous consultations, would invite an exchange of views with civil society organisations, the private sector and academia as the negotiation continues.

This virtual event will provide a venue to share insights on the EU position and stimulate a debate with non-governmental stakeholders to consult their perspectives about specific provisions and aspects of the negotiation.

16 - 20 May 2022

31st UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ31)

From 16 to 20 May, civil society organizations and UN member states will gather in Vienna and online for the annual session of the CCPCJ.

Amid a busy season of meetings for the Vienna-based crime-focused diplomatic community, at the CCPCJ member states will consider four draft resolutions. Given the thematic focus on cybercrime in the plenary agenda and the ongoing negotiations on a new cybercrime treaty at the UN, the UK’s resolution on ‘effective national legal frameworks to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse’ will be particularly topical and shaped by the context of the treaty negotiation.

- On the 16th of May at 12:15 CEST, one of the sessions will focus on "The importance of including external perspectives in the negotiations on a UN #cybercrime treaty" with speakers Ian Tennant, H.E. Ms. Faouzia Boumaiza Mebraki, H.E. Troy Lulashnyk, Louise Marie Hurel, Joyce Hakmeh, Summer Walker and Eric do Val Lacerda Sogocio.

28 February - 11 March 2022

New York (US) & Online

UN Ad-Hoc Committee on Cybercrime – First Session

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 75/282 and with General Assembly decision 76/552, the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 74/247, will hold its first session at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York, United States of America, from 28 February to 11 March 2022.

10 November 2021


Strengthening inclusive cybercrime policymaking: Europe regional consultation

12:00-3:30 PM (UTC)

Join Chatham House and the EU Cyber Direct project for this virtual regional consultation, intended for civil society, the private sector and other non-state stakeholders from the wider European region to share their perspectives on developing a new international convention on cybercrime, pursuant to United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/247.

As the United Nations prepares to negotiate a new convention on cybercrime starting in January 2022, it is vital that non-state stakeholders (such as civil society, the private sector, academia, and the technical community) have the opportunity to meaningfully share their opinions and concerns.

To this end, Chatham House’s International Security Programme is facilitating a series of virtual regional consultations to engage with non-state stakeholders from different regions during the negotiations on cybercrime, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, information and positions on different issues.

Participants include:
- Joyce Hakmeh, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy.
- Patryk Pawlak, Brussels Executive Officer, European Institute for Security Studies.

3 Nov, 2021


Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?

3 November 2021 at 11:00 EDT /15:00 UTC / 17:00 CEST

In an effort to build on the December 2020 and February 2021 Let’s Talk Cyber multistakeholder discussions and to mark the launch of their new multistakeholder engagement website, currently under construction, the LetsTalkCyber Initative, is organizing a virtual session titled: “Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?“

In the first half of 2021, two United Nations (UN) processes successfully concluded with the adoption of two consensus reports by the GGE 2019/2021 and the OEWG 2019/2021, re-affirming the framework for responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace. But where do we go from here? How can we ensure these agreements are respected and implemented, and how can the multistakeholder community play an active role?

6 Oct, 2021


Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation – A Case for Cyber Cooperation

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation America and Research ICT Africa, are organizing a Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation - A Case for Cyber Cooperation on October 6 at 15:00-16:30 SAST.

This roundtable will focus on refining the understanding of the imperative of inclusive digital transformation and the concomitant security implications and risks of this transformation in Africa. Furthermore, to examine ways in which these concerns can be addressed, speakers will provide examples of initiatives related to SDG 16 and 17 (and other SDG targets) being undertaken in multilateral and multistakeholder cooperation frameworks, that are currently contributing to a more equitable, secure and stable cyberspace.

7 Sep, 2021

Technical Briefing on Capacity-Building Initiatives in the Area of Cybercrime

The aim of this event is therefore to provide up-to-date information about the capacity-building initiatives currently being implemented by the OSCE and other international organizations in the area of cybercrime. The event will aslo constitute an important venue to ensure continued co-ordination at the international level as to avoid duplications, reinforce synergies and capitalize on previous as well as more recent experiences. It will also allow the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to ask, share ideas and raise issues that are relevant to the work of international organizations in this significant area.