E-evidence and AI for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)

Project number: 2152101

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

21/09/2021 - 22/09/2021
Register before: 17/09/2021

€ 500,00 per attendee

€ 450,00 for EIPA members*

E-evidence and AI for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)

From:  450,00

This training provides an overview of the EU’s legislative framework and instruments for acquiring and transmitting e-evidence. The training aims at facilitating e-evidence acquisition, admissibility and cross-border exchange between law enforcement and judicial authorities.

About this online course

The constant evolution of digital technologies poses challenges and opportunities for law enforcement and judicial authorities. As criminals more frequently exploit and target Internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and systems, digital traces represent important sources of evidence for law enforcement officials, judges, and prosecutors. According to recent data published by the European Commission, “More than half of all investigations today involve a cross-border request to access electronic evidence. Electronic evidence is needed in around 85% of criminal investigations, and in two-thirds of these investigations, there is a need to request evidence from online service providers based in another jurisdiction”. The increased production of e-evidence requires competent authorities to understand how to acquire and handle it, to ensure its admissibility in court proceedings.

In response to an increased need to handle and exchange electronic evidence (e-evidence), this training is designed to support investigative and judicial authorities to navigate the complexities of e-evidence confidently. This support enables an enhanced use of e-evidence in investigations, court proceedings, and cross-border exchanges.

The first part of the training provides an overview of fundamental concepts related to e-evidence: the international and EU legislative frameworks, practical knowledge for acquiring and handling e-evidence and case studies. You will look at the topic of e-evidence from the perspective of law enforcement, judicial authorities, third party providers and private citizens.

The second part of this training will cover Artificial Technology (AI), the revolutionary technology that is becoming most critical to the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in their daily operations. AI enables LEA’s to better respond to incidents, prevent threats, stage interventions, divert resources, investigate, analyse criminal activity. By activating AI capabilities beyond an individual LEA, the operational cooperation between LEAs can be strengthened so that they can prevent, detect and investigate transnational criminal activities, terrorism, and irregular border crossings. AI is a double-edged sword which brings solutions, but also challenges. Thus, LEAs will have to consider AI technology their ally both for battling crime (and cybercrime) and protecting physical and digital assets and civilians (and the LEA AI systems) from AI-based attacks. Furthermore, the second part of this training will cover the legal and standardisation framework related to these technologies’ trustworthy use.

What will you learn?

By the end of the training, you will be:

  • Familiar with the concepts of cybercrime, e-evidence and digital justice and the relation between them
  • Develop knowledge of relevant international and EU instruments, including the EU e-evidence package
  • Develop knowledge of relevant EU instruments and tools for obtaining and exchanging e-evidence
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities of AI related to e-evidence
  • Understand concerns related to digital rights and rights protection
  • Familiar with the AI technologies
  • Discuss the threats, opportunities and challenges of AI
  • Become familiar with the legal framework and EU policies related to AI deployment

Course methodology/highlights and level:

This course is open also to participants with less advanced knowledge of e-evidence, and to ensure that they will benefit from the course we have included a series of preparatory classes, available on our e-learning platform. These (optional) classes will be useful to develop basic knowledge and understanding relevant to the course. The course is also addressed to an audience which has already a degree of understanding of, and familiarity with e-evidence and relevant legislation and procedures, as it includes the advanced discussion of topics related to cybersecurity, AI, rights protection and cross-border cooperation.

After-course support:

Participants to this course will be invited to join a closed LinkedIn network of alumni who have knowledge and skills in the fields of digital justice, digital criminal justice, cybersecurity and AI.

Free introductory modules

If you are new to the topic of e-evidence, a series of online modules have been created for you. These modules are free to access and available for you at your own time and pace. These self-guided lessons and training activities allow our time together in class to be used more efficiently.

These learning resources will be available on our online learning platform, Moodle, one week before the starting date. You will be able to access them before your class and to go through them as you please. A guide on how to access and use Moodle will be distributed.

Moodle allows you to interact with the lecturer and other participants before the class starts, giving you an opportunity to raise questions or doubts you may have and gives you the freedom to interact with one another.

Below is a list of the contents covered in the self-guided lessons available to view before the class. Some of these might be already familiar to you, if they are familiar, you can skip these classes or use them to update your knowledge.

Self-guided online lesson 1 on EIPA’s Moodle learning platform
Serious and organised crime in Europe: a brief overview of current threats and priorities
This lesson focusses on the development and definition of serious and organised crime, providing an overview of current threats in Europe.

Self-guided online lesson 2 on EIPA’s Moodle learning platform
Cyber-enabled and cyber-dependent crime: actors, scope, differences, and similarities
This lesson aims at distinguishing between cyber-enabled and cyber-dependent crimes.

Self-guided online lesson 3 on EIPA’s Moodle learning platform
Evidence gathering and the challenges in cross-border exchange of evidence in the EU
This lesson focusses on what is evidence, in the context of investigative and prosecutor proceedings, following the latest definitions.

Target group

  • Law enforcement agencies and officials in Member States
  • EU institutions and agencies
  • Court staff
  • Prosecutors
  • Professionals in the private sector, particularly working for online service providers
Clara Cotroneo

Clara Cotroneo

EU Internal and External Security / EU Public Sector Management

Petra Jeney

Petra Jeney

Freedom Security and Justice

Nineta Polemi

Nineta Polemi

University of Piraeus, Dpt. of Informatics
Associate Professor of Cybersecurity , Founder of Security Research Lab

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Clare Jaquith
Tel: +352 426 230 303

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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The programme

08.45 Registration of participants
09.00 Welcome of participants and opening of the training activity
Clara Cotroneo, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg
09.15 What is electronic evidence?

  • Definition, sources and types of e-evidence
  • Identification of e-evidence
  • The principles of e-evidence

Clara Cotroneo, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg

10.00 Questions and answers
10.15 Coffee break
10:30 From identification to presentation: ensuring digital evidence preservation for forensic analysis and court admissibility

  • Capturing and collecting e-evidence
  • Roles and tasks of first respondents
  • The volatile nature of e-evidence
  • E-evidence collection and preservation: requirements and best practices for collecting, handling, storing and preserving digital evidence to ensure its admissibility
  • Focus exercise: preventing the alteration of data

Clara Cotroneo, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg

11.15 Questions and answers
11:30 Coffee break
11.45 Securing electronic evidence from providers in different jurisdictions

  • The challenges of cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal matters
  • Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA)
  • European Investigation Order (EIOs)
  • The European Production and Preservation Orders
  • EU Directive on legal representatives

Clara Cotroneo, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg
Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg

12.00 E-evidence in cross-border judicial cooperation

  • International cooperation against cyber crime: an introduction
  • EU Agencies: Europol and Eurojust
  • EU tools for capturing and exchanging e-evidence
  • Challenges of cross-border exchange of electronic evidence

Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg

13:00 Questions and answers
13.15 End of the first day
09.00 AI and cybersecurity: an introduction

  • The EU’s cybersecurity threat landscape: an introduction
  • EU’s Legislative, policy and technical initiatives to promote the cybersecurity of AI
  • Focus on AI and cybersecurity challenges, based on Dr Polemi’s latest publication with ENISA.

Dr Nineta Polemi, Associate Professor in the University of Piraeus (Dept. of Informatics)

10.00 Questions and Answers
10.15 Coffee break
10:30 E-evidence and AI: opportunities and challenges for law enforcement

  • Malicious uses and abuses of AI
  • The use of AI for analysing E-evidence

Dr Philipp Amann, Head of Strategy, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

11.15 Questions and Answers
11.30 Coffee break
11.45 Regional and international law and human rights

  • E-evidence and rights protection
  • Privacy and data protection

Petra Jeney, Lecturer, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg

12:30 Final case study and disc
13.30 End of the course