The cybercrime convention committee's 2017 guidance note on production orders: Unilateralist transborder access to electronic evidence promoted via soft law

Paul de Hert, C Parlar, J. Sajfert

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Abstract

This article provides a critical analysis of the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee's Guidance Note of Production Orders, published on 1 March 2017. The article looks at the legal controversies surrounding production orders with a cross-border element. It explains the Guidance Note's background and origins, the basic provisions in the Cybercrime Convention allowing the law enforcement authorities to order and obtain certain information and discusses the requirements that follow from the relevant provisions of the Convention. This analysis is complemented by four critical remarks on the way the Guidance Note pushes the boundaries of acceptable treaty interpretation on the necessity of the Guidance Note, its position in regard to extraterritorial enforcement jurisdiction and sovereignty, its reticence towards fundamental rights and its refusal to define or clarify the important notion of “subscriber information”. The article argues that unilateralism is not a solution. Instead of soft law plumbing, what is needed is an agreement between sovereign states checked by their constituencies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-336
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • cyber jurisdiction

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