We Broke the Internet!

After a long year of travel my last mission of 2019 is complete! I have been in Vienna for the Central Asia e-evidence training with UNODC, CTED and OSCE. This is the last of our phase 1 trainings – we are proud to say that more than 250 practitioners from 80 different countries have now…

Watchful Eyes

It was a privilege to be at the Siracusa International Institute for the delivery of practical training on international judicial cooperation for the EuroMed Justice Project. I was invited to present to Judges and Prosecutors from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Palestine on Joint Investigation Teams (JIT), Anti-Money Laundering and accessing E-Evidence…

Somalia

Ama waa la muuqdaa, ama waa la maqnaada Either be visible or be absent We flew to Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) three weeks after Somalia suffered its worst terrorist attack on 14 October when a large truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu killing at least 358 people. Somalia was once again back in the global…

Morocco – GLACY+

It has been a pleasure to do my first training for the Council of Europe CyberSouth Team as part of the GLACY+ project. Over two days I have facilitated practical exercises to advance the Budapest Convention 24/7 Network in Morocco. Although I have now completed e-evidence training for practitioners from more than 80 jurisdictions over…

Cameroon and Luxembourg

Cameroon and Luxembourg are not countries you would usually put in the same sentence – for the last week I have been in both – sharing experience and training on requesting e-evidence from service providers. Yaoundé is the green and vibrant capital of Cameroon. Poverty is clear to see as children swim in the polluted…

Online E-Evidence Training

To reach out to even more practitioners around the world – I have been part of a team of experts delivering online e-evidence training for UNODC. This has been no mean feat -with more than forty participants from Vanuatu to Germany! Topics ranged from how to meet probable cause in the United States for content,…

Asia E-Evidence Training in Counter-Terrorism Investigations

More E-Evidence training completed for fifty investigators and prosecutors from twelve countries from South and South East Asia! This training brought together online service provider representatives, Interpol, Europol, FBI, US and Canadian Central Authorities – this cross-sector participation has been a key feature of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Association…

Launch of the EuroMed Digital Evidence Manual

A recent EU survey highlighted that e-Evidence is relevant in 85% of criminal investigations and in more than half of those investigations, a request for e-Evidence from a service provider located in another country is necessary. Relying solely on mutual legal assistance for e-Evidence does not match fast-paced communications between organised crime groups and terrorist…

Are the U.K. Internet Service Providers ready for service by the FBI?

The CLOUD Act Agreement signed between the U.S. and U.K. on 3 October 2019 means that the U.S. will be able to serve U.K. Internet and Online Service Providers directly with U.S. legal process requiring production of electronic evidence. Undoubtedly, direct service of legal orders obtained in the U.K. on U.S. service providers, such as…

Drafting a Bench Book for Bangladesh

For the past week I have been in Prague at the CEELI Institute. This was my first visit and I hope not my last! The Institute is a wonderful facility that has hosted Judges, lawyers and civil society groups from around the world to advance the rule of law. Set within a public park, Havličkovy…

Pakistan

I never thought I would present on my back! Meeting the energetic ‘Judge’ – the latest expert to join our panel of e-Evidence gurus for UNODC – was quite the spectacle! Using his vast experience of Pakistan and the region we were entertained with his ‘can do’ attitude. This infectious approach will no doubt have…

The Maldives

The Republic of Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with its highest point only at 5.1 metres – the height of two and a half men standing on each other’s shoulders! What the Maldives may lack in height, it more than makes up for with its natural beauty, consisting of 1,192 coral islands….

Colombia – Central and South America E-Evidence Workshop

The yellow in the Colombian flag represents gold, the blue the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and red for the blood spilt for the country. Colombia’s past has been one fraught with turbulence and the agreement with FARC in 2017 brought hope for peace. This peace was shattered when the Santander police academy in Bogotá was…

Defending Mother Earth

“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for!”  Wrote Ernest Hemingway over eighty years ago. Now the fight is a different one – with climate change, plastic waste, destruction of native forests and deaths from pollution. The damage we all do to our world is at a tipping point! For the last week…

E-Evidence Training Asia/Pacific and the Caribbean

T.S. Eliot once said that, “The journey not the arrival matters.” I couldn’t disagree more! After 25,000 miles travelled in ten days it was an absolute pleasure to arrive and see my hotel bed! First stop was my old home of Barbados for the Workshop of Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons on advancing cybercrime investigations….

#KiaKaha

I received the devastating news about the terrorist attack in Christchurch whilst I was overseas, waking to headlines that I never expected to see from New Zealand. This appalling act has no place in a country that is the very definition of an open and democratic society. I am very proud of my kiwi links…