Wed, 16 Sep 2015
Michael Duck QC and Richard Gibbs addressed an audience of international lawyers in Dubrovnik Croatia on 7th September on the subjects of Cybercrime and money laundering. Both No5 barristers were invited to address the conference by the organisers of the Dubrovnik conference which saw delegates from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Australia address delegates on a range of subjects covering civil, family, criminal and international law topics.
The emphasis in both barristers’ speeches was on the evolution of these areas of crime and the commensurate need for flexible legal responses covering both law enforcement techniques and more flexible approaches to litigation, something which applies across jurisdictions. Cybercrime by definition is a crime which does not recognise borders and money laundering is an increasingly borderless offence and something applicable in all of the jurisdictions represented at the conference. Both speakers emphasised the importance of international judicial cooperation and law enforcement cooperation in the pursuit of those responsible for criminal activity in these two complex areas and also drew attention to the difficulties and challenges which these issues inject into cases pursued before the courts.
Michael Duck QC is the Director of the International Committee of the Criminal Bar Association.
Richard Gibbs is a member of the Bar Council Law Reform Committee.