Cybercrime cuts across territorial borders, creating a new realm of illegal human activity and undermining the feasibility and legitimacy of applying laws based on geographic boundaries. For effective control, Cyber crime should be considered as a Transnational Organised Crime.
The Centre envisages to sensitise its Member States about the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime in order to get them ratify, internalize the Convention in their national legislations as an effective measure to combat cyber crime. The Centre is prepared to offer any needed technical assistance to its Member States in this respect. Territorially-based law-making and law-enforcing authorities find cybercrime deeply threatening. It has subjected the nation-State to unprecedented challenges with regard to its efficacy, sovereignty and functions.
However, established territorial authorities may yet learn to defer to the self-regulatory efforts of Cyberspace community who care most deeply about this new digital trade in ideas, information and services. Separated from doctrine tied to territorial jurisdictions, new legislations will emerge, in a variety of online spaces, to deal with a wide range of new phenomena that have no clear parallel in the real world.
This research area analyses how cybercrime is being addressed at national and international levels and the main steps nations should take in their battle against this threat.