The Palestinian public prosecution participated yesterday through the Attorney General Dr. Ahmad Barrak in the first conference on combating cyber crimes, which was organized by the Al-Najah University's Faculty of Law in cooperation with Al-Quds University-Abu Dis in the framework of the EU funded Criminal Law Masters Degree Development Programme. The conference was held in the conference hall at the Korean Palestinian IT Institute of Excellence at the new university campus.
The conference was attended by Dr. Ahmad Barrak, the Palestinian Attorney General; Dr. Mohammad Al-Amleh, the vice president of Al-Najah University for Academic Affairs ; Dr. Adnan Milhem, the Vice President for Social Affairs at the university; Dr. Akram Daoud, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the university; Major General Akram Al-Rjoub, the Governor of Nablus; a number of judges from the constitutional court and other courts; the public prosecution; a number of lawyers and representatives of ministries, the police, governmental institutions, NGO and the private sector; and the students and faculty of the Faculty of Law and other faculties of the university.
The conference aimed at developing a general framework to which legislators and the competent persons in the Palestinian legal system can refer to when drafting laws or decisions relating to combating cyber crimes. This also includes identifying the available options in Palestine when addressing cyber crimes in terms of adopting the content of the draft Palestinian penal law and the Palestinian transactions law, or drafting special laws for this field either through the legislative authority or presidential decrees. It also aimed at identifying the shortcomings in the provisions regulating cyber crimes in the draft Palestinian penal law and the draft Palestinian electronic transactions law, while identifying the general framework in how to process and compare them with comparative laws. Moreover, it aimed at identifying the mechanism through which the legal provisions expected to be issued can overcome the political and socio-economic obstacles that affect the legal policies aiming at limiting cyber crimes, and identifying the possibility of benefiting from international experiences in terms of content and procedures of laws relating to cyber crimes.
Dr. Daoud opened the conference and indicated that the topic of the conference is one of the most important issues facing civilized societies with great technological advancement, which is negatively reflected on all aspects of life. He also indicated that the great advancement has resulted in new forms of crimes, because technological advancement is cross-border.
He noted that legislations did not address such matters initially, and he stressed on the great role of criticism and analysis in order to create an organized future and develop new legislations that keep abreast with creativity and escape the old fashioned role of law faculties.
Dr. Barrak spoke of the importance of the conference and the necessity of adopting a special law on cyber crimes. He also indicated that such crimes constitute 75% of the total crimes received by the public prosecution since 2015. This indicates the importance of having a law on cyber crimes.
He also state: "we are dealing with a virtual world, and it is difficult to obtain evidence. Adopting the draft cyber crimes law has become an important need and a social necessity."
Dr. Al-Amleh welcomed the attendees and stressed on the importance of such a conference in order to combat cyber crimes. He highlighted Al-Najah University's support to such activities that serve the local community, as it seeks to benefit all institutions through its researchers. He noted that the university is also looking forwards to the recommendations of this conference in order to address the competent bodies to discuss them and incorporate them in the different legislations, and he stressed that the society is in urgent need to combat such crimes.
The conference was composed of three sessions; the first addressed the concepts and particularities of cyver crimes, the second session addressed the criminal aspect, and the third session addressed the forms and applications of cyber crimes. Several experts and specialists gave presentations during these sessions.