Cybercrime Bilateral Workshop and Official Meetings in Peru supported by dot Gov
As field support to assist with the prevention of cyber crime in developing nations, dot-GOV
helped the Department of Justice with a joint APEC/DOJ workshop on “Cyber Crime Legislative
Drafting Training”, held at Santa Clara near Lima, Peru 9-11 December 2004. The workshop was
delivered by a team of DOJ experts from the Intellectual Property and Cyber Crimes Unit and an
APEC representative from Canada.
This workshop is part of the DOJ Cyber Crime Legislation and Enforcement Capacity Building
and the APEC e-Security Task Force. This workshop followed an Organization of American States
(OAS)/APEC regional workshop the same topic during November 2004. dot-GOV also contributed to the
coordination of the regional workshop to help its APEC members in the region to create specific
cyber crime legislation.
The workshop was focused specifically on helping Peru advance its existing draft cyber crime law.
Twenty-three Peruvian nationals from governmental agencies, civil society and the private sector
participated in the workshop. This pluralistic approach was designed as an effort to encompass as
many sectoral interests as possible to encourage an effective dialogue on the cybercrime law
The Peruvian Ambassador Juan Antonio Capunay, the highest raking APEC Member in Peru, opened the
workshop jointly with the US Deputy Chief of Mission John Caufield. Additionally the workshop was
closed by the President of the Peruvian Congress, Dr. Antero Florez-Araoz.
Discussions during the workshop focused on the nature of cyber crime; the variety of threats faced
by all countries using the Internet; international conventions and efforts to legislate on issues
dealing with cyber crime; and a comparative review between the European Convention on Cybercrime
chapters and the corresponding existing Peruvian law that could serve as a basis to draft the
Peruvian Cybercrime law.
This event was especially successful in assisting Peruvian officials understand the cyber crime
issue. The workshop participants were encouraged to coordinate and reach consensus on what Peru
needs and how this could be obtained through comprehensive legislation. This is particularly
challenging because the Peruvian legal system is based on the Napoleonic (Roman) legal system,
which includes fixed procedures to modify or introduce legislation. A number of workshop
participants openly expressed their interest in follow-on activities to improve the cyber crime
law draft; an informal task force was formed to work on the draft law, which will expedite the
usual lengthy process of passing new legislation in Peru.
Follow-on meetings between the DOJ/APEC e-Security Task Group and Peruvian officials from the main
federal agencies involved in the conceptualization of the law draft were held after the workshop
during 13-15 December. Mr. Joel Schwarz, Ms. Donna Peterson, Mr. Normand Wong, Mr. Carlos Romero
participated in these meetings. These meetings raised the level of awareness in the Peruvian
Government of the threat poised by cyber crime, creating momentum for further action.
addition, a meeting was held with USAID/Peru and the US Embassy/Peru to brief them on the workshop
outcomes. dot-Gov continues to provide support through the distribution of workshop materials
throughout Peru, and is in communication with the DOJ and USAID’s Digital Freedom Initiative to
support follow up activities on preventing cyber crime in Peru.
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