Mutual Legal Assistance – The Future

Update 30 April 2020: No one could have expected, when I prepared my paper on the future of Mutual Legal Assistance for the Heads of Central Authorities in the Commonwealth, the devastation of the global Covid-19 crisis. As we now increase our use of virtual meetings through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting and more – we…

New Frontier

I have always been an advocate of online training – pre-Covid-19 this was more to reduce my carbon footprint – now we all need to be advocates for virtual capacity building. As health remains our priority, using more online technology is our reality. Today, I was part of the UNODC team presenting the Train-the-Trainer Module…

Cyber Challenge

The Commonwealth Secretariat project ‘Strengthening of International Cooperation in Cybercrime Investigations’ culminated this week with awards being presented by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, to Canada, Mauritius, Scotland and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with the fifth winner being presented their award by the Fijian President. This Commonwealth project, supported by the Government of the United Kingdom,…

Bangladesh 2020

A World Bank report in 2018 stated that, “…in the last 10 years, the average traffic speed in Dhaka has dropped from 21 kilometres per hour (kmph) to 7 kmph, and by 2035, the speed might drop to 4kmph, which is slower than the walking speed.” I can confirm that the 4 kmph may already…

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…

Law Ministers Meeting

Attending the Commonwealth Law Ministers meeting in Sri Lanka to present on implementation of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration

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…