Cyber Crime Prosecution Training

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Cybil code: G0072

Status: Finished

From: Apr 2013

To: Mar 2019



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This project helped the International Association of Prosecutors create and use the Global Prosecutors E-Network to provide virtual and online training to prosecutors and officials in 158 countries between 2013 and 2019 to better prosecute cyber crime.



The aim of the project was to improve prosecutorial capacity around the world by helping the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) strengthen and deliver its online and virtual training to prosecutors.


The Global Prosecutors E-Network (GPEN) was established in 2008 under the auspices of the International Association of Prosecutors. The unique GPEN community enables cybercrime education and cross-border collaboration among prosecutors around the world.

This project helped the IAP create and use the GPEN to provide virtual training to 158 countries to better prosecute cyber crime. This network enables prosecutors to share best practice in investigating and prosecuting cybercrime by hosting and participating in monthly webinars. Working with the Council of Europe and regional international organisations (e.g. ECOWAS), IAP also arranges regional conferences with the aim of establishing region-specific networks.


There were many examples of the impact of GPEN activities including evidence that participants were better able to prosecute cases in court, influence the collection and use of e- evidence, better international cooperation and confidence requesting e-evidence across borders, the dissemination of GPEN gained knowledge in the development and training of colleagues across the law enforcement community, impact on the development of departmental and national policies and individual professional development.

The trainings resulted in the establishment of the ECOWAS Cybercrime Network and the East African Regional Cybercrime Network (EARCN).


A new GPEN website with online training. Included in the new GPEN website launched in January 2014 was a mobile friendly design, a substantially improved library of resources and a new social media campaign to strengthen and expand the community of Global e-crime prosecutors to better meet the increasing challenges posed by e-crime around the world.

Monthly GPEN newsletters.

The IAP conducted GPEN impact assessments in 2018 and 2019. The feedback from surveys was overwhelmingly positive about the value of GPEN activities.


Activities included:

Monthly training webinars for prosecutors

Regional trainings:

  • In May 2015, the first GPEN regional training was held in Bahrain and was attended by representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
  • In February 2016, joint training was held in Tonga with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Council of Europe. The event was attended by officials from Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.
  • In May 2016, GPEN held training in Nigeria in conjunction with ECOWAS, the Council of Europe and the Nigerian Government. Twelve ECOWAS countries each sent two delegates to attend the training and because the training was held in Abuja, Nigeria a large group of Nigerian delegates were able to attend from various parts of Nigeria. This training resulted in the establishment of the ECOWAS Cybercrime Network.
  • In July 2017, training was held in Mauritius in conjunction with the Council of Europe and Mauritius Government and resulted in the establishment of the East African Regional Cybercrime Network (EARCN).
  • In October 2017, training was held in Azerbaijan in conjunction with the Council of Europe and the Azerbaijan Government.
  • In March 2018, GPEN became a partner organization of the DataFocus Conference 2018 which was held in Indonesia, the international conference on digital forensics and digital evidence is organised by INsig2 a leading European company in digital forensics; and
  • In June 2018, the newly opened IAP St. Petersburg Office organized with GPEN a regional event for IAP members in the Eurasia region.


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Image from a GPEN Meeting

Image from a GPEN Meeting

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