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


The EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative together with the European Commission and the European External Action Service organised the online meeting ‘Getting it right: EU multi-stakeholder dialogue on the UN cybercrime treaty negotiation’ on Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 13:00 to 14:00 CEST.

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, invited an exchange of views with civil society organisations, the private sector and academia as the negotiation continues.

This virtual event provided 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.

The programme included:

  • Welcome by the moderator: Nayia Barmpaliou, Non-Resident Expert, EU Institute for Security Studies
  • Briefing on the EU position: Dan Rotenberg, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Security in the Digital Age’, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission  
  • Discussants

Paulina Gutierrez, Senior Legal Officer, Law & Policy Team, Article 19

Nick Ashton-Hart, Special Adviser, International Internet Policy, ICC United Kingdom

Dr Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo, Senior Lecturer in Law & Technology, Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University and Vice-Chair of the African Union Cyber Security Experts Group

  • Exchange of views: dialogue with the participating stakeholders
  • Wrap up: Helen Popp, Cyber Security Sector, Security and Defence Policy Division, European External Action Service

Watch the recording of the event on this webpage or on our YouTube channel.

Event Recording