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Fighting Cybercrime: Between Legal Challenges and Practical Difficulties 


  • Date: Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May
  • Location: Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle
  • Organised by the Academy of European Law, Trier (ERA)

The aim of this event is to bring together legal practitioners, policy-makers and national experts to share their experiences and intensify international cooperation in tackling cybercrime. The full programme is available here.  


Registration details
  • ICEL members receive a 40% discount on registration (a saving of up to €200).  To join the ICEL, click here.  
  • To register online. please use the registration page on the ERA's website or by completing the registration form.  ICEL members pay the EU and ERA Patrons rate iof €264.60 before 10th April or €294 after 10th April.
  • Please note, to avail of the discount for ICEL members, please refer to your ICEL membership when registering.
  • The ICEL is not manging registration for this event and therefore you cannot book online on
Key topics
  • Introduction to cybercrime: definitions, development of computer crime, overview of the most relevant offences and how they are committed
  • Legal challenges and solutions in fighting cybercrime: challenges in applying traditional criminal law instruments, procedural law, jurisdictional issues and international cooperation
  • Public/Private cooperation


Speakers and Chairs

  • Christiaan Baardman, Judge, Court of Appeal; Dutch Expertise Centre on Cybercrime, The Hague
  • Laviero Buono, Head of Section, European Criminal Law, ERA, Trier
  • Ilias Chantzos, Senior Director Government Affairs EMEA, Global CIP and Privacy Advisor, Symantec, Brussels
  • David Fennelly, Practising Barrister, Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
  • Rainer Franosch, Senior Public Prosecutor, Cybercrime Department, Office of the Prosecutor General, Frankfurt am Main
  • Wolfgang Heusel, Director, ERA, Trier 
  • Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions, Dublin
  • John Mearls, Director, Global Asset Protection, Paypal, Dublin
  • Juan Felipe Rincón, Global Lead Webmaster Outreach & User Advocacy, Google, EMEA, Dublin
  • Beata Romanovsky, Policy Strategist, YouTube Policy & Enforcement Team, Google, EMEA, Dublin
  • Philippe Van Linthout, Investigating Judge, Court of First Instance, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Ian Walden, Professor, Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law, Queen Mary University of London

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