Publication of the New Book: “Jurisdiction over Crimes Committed through Computer Systems and the Internet”

The new book from Dr. Cristos Velasco entitled: Jurisdiction over Crimes Committed through Computer Systems and the Internet” [ISBN: 978-84-9004-982-2] has been published by the prestigious Spanish publisher Tirant lo Blanch.

The first edition of this book contains a total of 414 pages and it covers one of the major contemporary legal challenges that arises from the investigation, pursuit and execution of offenses committed through the use of computer systems and the Internet. This book makes a comparative analysis of international treaties and legal instruments on jurisdiction applicable to cybercrime, in particular under the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe, and the form in which 10 countries -including 6 countries of Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Dominican Republic)- have adopted the principles of international jurisdiction in their respective national legislation. Although, this book explores in detail and compares the existing legal frameworks on cybercrime in some countries in Europe, North America and Latin America, it is not intended to analyze theories, doctrines and existing types of computer crimes, as there is currently plenty of literature available on this topic. However, there was no legal book that analyzes the issue of international jurisdiction and criminal jurisdiction over crimes committed against and through the use computer systems and Internet from a comparative perspective and with a pragmatic approach, in particular with respect to countries in Latin America.

One of the specific value added of this book is that it is the result of having actively participated as a invited expert in various seminars and specialized conferences on cybercrime organized by international fora, as well as a moderator and speaker in workshops, which were in charge of analyzing aspects of international and criminal jurisdiction applicable to crimes and offenses committed against and through the use of computer systems and Internet.

This book is structured in two parts: the first part consists of three chapters and the second part of two chapters. It concludes with a section of personal opinions and conclusions that I am sure will be very relevant for officials and employees at international organizations and regional fora, government officials responsible for information security; CERTs and 24×7 networks, policy makers, practicing attorneys, Judges, Magistrates and staff responsible for the administration of criminal justice, professors and academics, researchers and law students interested in the field.

The table of contents of the book is the following:
“I.   Index

II.  Acronyms and Abbreviations

III.  Acknowledgements

IV.  Preface

V.  Introduction

First Part. Internet, Cybercrime and International Cooperation Instruments for the Fight against Cybercrime

Chapter 1. Background on the Internet and Cybercrime

Chapter 2. International Instruments to Combat Cybercrime

Chapter 3. International and Regional Cooperation to Combat Cybercrime


Second Part. Jurisdiction and Applicable Law on Cybercrime Internationally and in Latin America

Chapter 4. Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in the International  Arena

Chapter 5. Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in Mexico and other countries of Latin America

VI. Final Conclusions

VII. Bibliography”


I will be presenting this book in international and regional conferences and seminars related to the fields of cybercrime and information security, as well as in some universities and academic circles in Spain, Mexico and Latin America during 2012.

The book can be purchased in electronic or printed from directly with the publisher at:

Tirant lo Blanch Spain (Spain, EU countries, Mexico and Latin America).