Sunčana Roksandić Vidlička

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law in Zagreb, Croatia

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She holds (Commercial and Company Law), (Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Freiburg (Germany)/University of Zagreb, doctoral candidate of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Germany). She serves as the Head of  the UNESCO Chair Units in bioethics. She teaches Criminal Law, Economic Criminal Law and Transitional Justice, EU Substantive Criminal Law and Protection of Victims (Jean Monnet Course), Bioethics and human rights (UNESCO Course), some at the graduate and some at postgraduate level.  Leader of the Jean Monet Project: Advanced Seminar on EU Criminal Law and Policy. Aside from her work as a researcher and lecturer, she co-organized several international conferences, seminars and summer schools and served as a member of several expert groups. She was member in the National Risk Assessment Group of Money Laundering and Financing of terrorism. She participated in the USA International Visitor Leadership Program in 2015 on prevention of violent extremism.  She co-authored the commentary of the Croatian Criminal Code in the leading commentary edition. She (co) authored a number of articles in legal periodicals or chapters in a collective volume.

The role of digital evidence in the European Agenda on Security

As stated in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council (COM(2016) 230 final) delivering on the European Agenda on Security to fight against terrorism and pave the way towards an effective and genuine Security Union: A key element in successfully preventing, investigating and prosecuting serious and organised crime and terrorism-related offences is rapidly securing and obtaining digital evidence, as highlighted in the joint statement of 24 March 2016 of the EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs and representatives of EU institutions on the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Relevant information is frequently held by private companies, on their servers, often located outside the territory of the investigating law enforcement agency and therefore outside its jurisdiction. Aside from mutual legal assistance procedures and a few limited rules in international agreements, no harmonised approach exists on how to access such information. As a result, a wide array of different national approaches has evolved, which poses problems for investigation.
This presentation is tackling the priorities of the European Agenda on Security and the role that digital evidence could have in securing listed goals.


The role of digital evidence in the European Agenda on Security