To date numerous developing countries either do not have a legal framework or the legislation in place is not adequate to deal with existing crimes conducted over the internet or new cybercrimes. Addressing cybercrime requires a comprehensive legislative framework which includes substantive provisions, investigative powers and provisions for international cooperation and mutual assistance. Additionally, law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary require training and capacity building to enable them to address such crimes using investigative powers while respecting human rights and due process safeguards. DC4 aims to provide developing countries with assistance with respect to drafting comprehensive legislation modelled on international best practices. Further, DC4 also aims to develop the capacity within law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes while ensuring that the exercise of their extensive powers does not infringe civil liberties and human rights.

DC4 has extensive expertise in International treaties and legal frameworks, relevant international standards including the Budapest Convention, Cross border legislation and national laws (Commonwealth legal systems and common law legal systems), Country/region-specific expertise in legal systems, Cybercrime laws, Data Protection, Terrorist Use of the Internet, Telecom regulations, Frameworks related to Internet Governance, E-commerce, Electronic evidence, Payment systems, Digital intellectual property, Criminal procedural law, Legislative drafting etc. DC4 also has expertise in the establishment and management of specialized units and international best practices, training materials and systems available.

Drawing on extensive professional experience at international and national level in areas of work related to cybercrime, a good knowledge of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and related instruments and experience and understanding of the delivery of international capacity building projects, DC4’s experts provide country specific advice on legislation and model laws and conduct capacity building efforts in several jurisdictions (involving law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and the judiciary), and participate as experts in projects and participate at various forums as an expert, panellist, speaker and/or moderator.