Period: 01st Sept 2022 - 01st June 2023
Status: Current


The overall objective is to prepare a Handbook on European law relating to cybercrime and fundamental rights, based on relevant law of the EU and the Council of Europe (CoE), in particular the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Relevant standards from other CoE bodies and the United Nations (UN) will be also included, as well as particularly pertinent national case law. The handbook will highlight the key fundamental rights challenges linked to cybercrime and electronic evidence. It will address investigating and prosecuting cybercrime and map the positive obligations of States to safeguard the fundamental rights of victims of cybercrime, including victims in vulnerable situations. It will also address judicial procedural challenges and the protection of victims in relation to, among others, cross-border cooperation, the processing of high volumes of data, or data protection implications of e-Evidence.

The purpose of this handbook is to raise awareness and increase knowledge on cybercrime, electronic evidence and cybercrime-related investigations from a fundamental rights perspective. The target audience broadly considered, includes (also encompassing non-specialised legal professionals) judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and other legal practitioners.

The implementation of this project is funded and supported by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and Council of Europe.