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Diffusion of the Budapest Convention on cybercrime and the development of cybercrime legislation in Pacific Island countries: ‘Law on the books’ vs ‘law in action’

Nguyen, Chat Le and Golman, Wilfred (2020) Diffusion of the Budapest Convention on cybercrime and the development of cybercrime legislation in Pacific Island countries: ‘Law on the books’ vs ‘law in action’. Computer Law & Security Review, 40 . p. 105521. ISSN 0267-3649

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    Abstract

    The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, referred to as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, has been diffused globally, and is serving as a benchmark or a ‘model law’ for drafting national cybercrime legislation in many countries worldwide. This paper argues that, through the mechanism of ‘state socialization’ combined with incentives, e.g. assistance in building law enforcement capacity, the diffusion of the Budapest Convention has had a profound influence on the development of cybercrime legislation in a number of Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Some PICs have expressed their great interest in acceding to the Convention and ‘imported’ several provisions from the Convention. This article, nevertheless, contends that these PICs do not seem to consider carefully whether the ‘imported’ law is applicable to their existing law enforcement capacity. It is evident that various domestic factors, such as lack of resources, have deterred the enforcement of cybercrime laws in these countries. As the result, although those PICs would have adequate cybercrime laws ‘on the books’, ‘law in action’ is still feeble.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
    Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
    Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2020 13:55
    Last Modified: 24 Dec 2020 13:55
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12510
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