Regionalization of international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime
|Position:||Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Belarusian State University|
International legal cooperation in the fight against cybercrime is carried out primarily on the basis of regional treaties. Since every regional legal regime is unique and has its own specific characteristics the article addresses possible implications of such regionalization. Therefore, the goal of the research is to reveal characteristics of an ongoing trend on regionalization of international legal cooperation in the fight against cybercrime and its possible impact on practical aspects of combating these crimes. It doesn’t address any institutional developments in the area and covers only treaty cooperation on the matter. The applicability of universal treaties on combating different types of crimes to cybercrime suppression is identified. An analysis of regional cybercrime treaties is carried out. On the basis of the undertaken research author makes a conclusion, that regionalization of the international legal cooperation in the fight against cybercrime has its positive and negative sides and has led to a paradoxical situation which partly might be explained by a transnational nature of cybercrime. From one point, regional treaty is the best way to address cybercrime problem within a certain regional organization. From the other side different approaches to the criminalization of acts committed on the Internet or with the use of computer technologies might lead to creation of save heavens for cyber criminals, impede mutual legal assistance or extradition between countries that belong to different regions.