International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 29th International Conference

July, 24 - 28, 2016 - Protecting Privacy - Domestic and International Criminal Justice Responses to Crimes Against Personal Privacy and the Balance between Individual Privacy and Collective Security

The digital and internet age has thrown up a vast array of challenges for the criminal law. The internet provides a new platform for criminal activity. Cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and internet luring are only a few of the new additions to the criminal law vocabulary. While national boundaries restrain law enforcement, they have become all but irrelevant to the commission of crimes. And the anonymity provided by the internet creates a new and expansive space for virtually untraceable criminal activity. These developments pose new and daunting challenges to law enforcement. But at the same time, modern technology has provided many new tools to fight crime, particularly in the areas of surveillance and information-sharing. These developments prompt the questions of whether the concept of privacy remains a useful legal conception and, even if it is, whether there can still be any meaningful protection of privacy in the digital and internet age. Overshadowing these issues is the all-too-real threat of terrorist activity in the form of both violent attacks and financial dealings to support them.

This conference will examine and promote discussion and debate of the challenges that privacy concerns and technological change pose to international and national criminal justice systems. The key question is how the criminal justice system can properly respond to the competing demands of privacy, law enforcement effectiveness and national security. Topics to be addressed include: international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime; the human rights implications of sharing personal information and other intelligence across national borders; the boundaries of surveillance, search and seizure; the scope and place of privacy as a human right and as a limit on state investigative and intelligence activities; the collection, use and potential abuse of personal data; and the implications of intrusions into privacy for the exercise of democratic rights.

All Plenary Sessions and Workshops will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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