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2019 Rule of Law Conference


Rule of Law Approaches to Virtual Threats

May 21, 2019  | U.S. Institute of Peace | Washington, DC



  • Legal Frameworks and Regional Initiatives
  • Election Security and the Erosion of Trust in Democratic Institutions
  • The Tipping Point: When is Cyber Incitement Responsible for Violence? 
  • Cybercrime Enforcement: Deterring State and Non-State Actors through Criminal Prosecutions
  • When Bitcoin Goes Bad: How Virtual Currencies Challenge the Rule of Law
  • Protecting Privacy and Internet Freedoms
  • Trafficking in the Digital Age
  • Closing Keynote: A Conversation on the Future of the Cyber Landscape

Research Papers

Event Details

A $600 billion black market, cybercrime has transformed the digital world into a sophisticated platform to steal and profit from personal data, undermine civil rights, manipulate elections, disseminate anti-democratic propaganda, and steal intelligence. Yet, cyberspaces remain largely unregulated. This lack of governance is a major challenge and concern for legal practitioners, human rights champions, and policymakers. To properly address the complex world of cybercrimes, these key players must work together to prioritize targeted strategies encompassing cross-jurisdictional cooperation, both locally and globally.