IGF 2023 WS #353 Cybercrime Convention Unveiled: a global south perspective


Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
Cyberattacks, Cyberconflicts and International Security

Organizer 1: Grecia Macias, ๐Ÿ”’
Organizer 2: Luis Fernando Garcia, ๐Ÿ”’
Organizer 3: Macias Grecia, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Speaker 1: Parra Juan, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Raman Jit Singh Chima, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Veronica Ferrari, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Sheetal Kumar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Macias Grecia, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Macias Grecia, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Macias Grecia, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. What are the main human rights concerns regarding the Cybercrime Convention?
2. How does the current draft of the Cybercrime Convention impact human rights disparately in the context of global south countries?
3. What will be the challenges that global south countries will face in implementing the Cybercrime Convention, and how can advocacy strategies be tailored to address these challenges?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will have a deep understanding of the potential implications of the cybercrime convention on human rights in global south countries. They will be equipped with practical advocacy strategies to promote a human rights perspective during the treaty's implementation and subsequent national legislation.
The workshop will foster a supportive environment encouraging networking and collaboration among participants. We aim to create an advocacy network to follow up the Convention process and share information and advocacy strategies for their national cybercrime legislation.


The Ad Hoc Committee for Elaborating a New Convention on Cybercrime, scheduled for completion in 2024, has sparked concerns regarding its potential threats to human rights worldwide and the transformative impact it could have on the internet.

This Convention adds 30 new cybercrimes compared to the Budapest Convention, and the current draft raises serious apprehensions surrounding freedom of speech and the safety of security researchers and journalists. Moreover, the absence of adequate human rights safeguards in the chapter on procedural measures poses a significant risk of government surveillance, jeopardizing fundamental rights such as privacy, due process, and freedom of expression.

It is crucial to address these pressing issues, especially as they disproportionately impact global south countries lacking the institutional safety net to mitigate potential abuses by malicious actors leveraging the Convention's new measures.

This workshop aims to present the debated text, illuminate the Convention's process, and shed light on the far-reaching implications for human rights in global south countries. By empowering participants to generate impactful advocacy strategies tailored to their local and regional contexts, our primary objective is to champion a human rights perspective in implementing this treaty and subsequent national cybercrime legislation.

Expected Outcomes

We expect the participants to understand better the implications on human rights that the new Cybercrime Convention will have on the Global South. The participants will understand the stakes, and we will discuss how to elaborate tailored advocacy strategies to ensure that any new cybercrime legislation will have a human rights perspective.
We want to keep engaging with participants after the workshop to create better advocacy strategies for the next steps of drafting the cybercrime convention and its implementation. We aim to elaborate a cybercrime network so participants can continue to provide meaningful inputs that will nurture the discussion of the Ad Hoc Committee and the subsequent national legislation on cybercrime that could put human rights at risk.

Hybrid Format: The session is a roundtable where the speakers will give an introduction to the Cybercrime Convention and the Ad Hoc Committee and explain the main human rights issues. Even though most of our panelists will be in person, we will ask engaging questions and promote a meaningful debate alternating with online and in-person participants.
We will develop materials that can be shared both online and in-person detailing the most important things to know about the Cybercrime Convention. Also, during the session, we will be using a jam board to keep track of the main ideas that arise. The jam board will be accessible to both online and in-person participants.