Final Conference

29 - 30 September 2016

Summary

‘EVIDENCE - European Informatics Data Exchange Framework for Courts and Evidence’ Project aims at providing a Road Map (guidelines, recommendations, and technical standards) for realising the missing Common European Framework for the systematic and uniform application of new technologies in the collection, use and exchange of evidence. This Road Map would enable policy makers to realize an efficient regulation, treatment and exchange of digital evidence; and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) as well as judges/magistrates and prosecutors and lawyers practising in the criminal field to have at their disposal as legal/technological background a Common European Framework allowing them to gather, use and exchange digital evidences according to common standards and rules. EVIDENCE Project’s activities have enabled the implementation of a stable network of experts in digital forensics communicating and exchanging their opinions. The first ‘EVIDENCE Annual Conference: Digital Evidence Trends and Perspectives’ of the EVIDENCE Project is focused on bringing together different stakeholders in this network – including policy makers, LEAs, associations of judges/bars, prosecutors, lawyers, forensic experts and forensic associations, governmental organisations, civil society and academics – to collectively share knowledge and experience, think together about issues, decision-making, and practices, and develop recommended ways forward on the issues of digital evidence.

Aware that the field of digital evidence is ever-changing and that the technical possibilities are constantly developed allowing for new technical/legal solutions, part of the EVIDENCE’s task is to work on considering a number of possible (legal) solutions to ensure that effective criminal investigation can take place and that European values and fundamental human rights can be properly respected. The main objective of this first EVIDENCE Annual Conference is the consultation of a Road Map outlining a desirable future technological, legal and institutional framework for the continuous development in the domain of digital evidence.

The various Work Packages (WPs) of the EVIDENCE project researched the legal, standard, technical, law enforcement, and market and data protection status quo as regards the collection, preservation, use and exchange of electronic evidence and identified the challenges and shortcomings thereof. Based on the findings of the project and in particular on the challenges and shortcomings, WP9 ‘Preparing a Road Map for a Common European Framework’ Team is working on producing a Roadmap for realising the missing Common European Framework. The Team had identified the actions that need to be taken for the introduction of a new technical standard on the legal, political, technical, ethical and social perspectives level. The actions include legal, political, technical, ethical and social action, LEA action and professionalization in the field of digital forensics and further research. Based on these actions this Road Map Implementation Plan was drafted as a basis for the Road Map in order to introduce and prioritise the actions needed to enable a more efficient platform for the application of new technologies in the collection, preservation, use and exchange of electronic evidence.

All of these aspects have been incorporated within the respective sessions of the EVIDENCE Conference involving as different expertise and perspectives as possible; and the Road Map Implementation Plan has been discussed in details during the final session of the event.

 

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Agenda

Thursday, 29 September 2016

08:30 – 09:00Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 09:15

Opening Session and Welcome Speech

Maria Angela Biasiotti, CNR-ITTIG, Coordinator of the EVIDENCE Project (Italy)

 

Session I. The State of Electronic Evidence in Europe

Chair: Joseph A. Cannataci, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

09:15 – 10:45

The EVIDENCE Story

Maria Angela Biasiotti, CNR-ITTIG, Coordinator of the EVIDENCE Project (Italy)

Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Panel Discussion

Dominique Renard, Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire (France)

Teresa Magno, Judge, Ministry of Justice (Italy)

Eirik Trønnes Hansen, National Criminal Investigation Service (Norway)

Xavier Tracol, Senior Legal Officer, EUROJUST
10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break
 

Session II. Building Bridges between Different Actors

Chair: Caroline Goemans-Dorny, INTERPOL Data Protection Officer (IDPO)

11:15 – 12:45

Presentation on Building Bridges

Sabine Berghs, Legal Officer, INTERPOL

Panel Discussion

Leif Görts, National Member for Sweden,EUROJUST

Matthew Simon, Digital Crime Officer (Digital Forensics), Digital Forensic Lab, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)

Philippe Van Linthout, Investigating Judge, Court of First Instance Antwerp, Mechelen Section (Belgium)

Elena Martin Salgado,Trial Lawyer, Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
12:45 13:45Lunch Break
 

Session III. Enhancing International Legal Cooperation. Privacy, Data Protection and International Law Dimensions of Evidence

Chair:Nikolaus Forgó, Institute for Legal Informatics, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)

13:45 15:15

Presentation on Privacy, Data Protection and International Law Dimensions of Evidence

Christian M. Hawellek, Institute for Legal Informatics, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)

Panel Discussion

Mary D. Rodriguez, Director of Legal Affairs, INTERPOL

Jan Ellermann, Senior Expert, Data Protection Office, EUROPOL

Stephen Mason, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (UK)

Giuseppe Vaciago, Criminal Lawyer, Partner at R&P Legal and Expert on Digital forensics (Italy)

Marie-Charlotte Roques-Bonnet, Director of EMEA Privacy Policy, Microsoft EMEA
15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break
 

Session IV. Certification and Professionalization

Chair: Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

15:45 17:15

Presentation on Certification and Professionalization

Sabine Berghs, Associate Legal Officer, INTERPOL

Mattia Epifani, CNR-ITTIG (Italy)

Panel Discussion

Michel Smithuis, Director, The Netherlands Register of Court Experts (Netherlands)

Yves Vandermeer, IT Forensics Trainer, Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU), Belgium and Chairman, European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG)

Jess Garcia, One eSecurity

Tõnu Mets, Attorney-at-law, IT Law Programme, University of Tartu (Estonia)
17:15 17:45Concluding Reflections from Day 1
19:00Official Networking Dinner
   

Friday, 30 September 2016

08:30 – 09:00Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 09:45

Linkage Blindness in Cyber-investigations: Challenges and Solutions

Eoghan Casey, School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
 

Session V. EVIDENCE Project Tools Catalogue: Testing, Validation and Standard Setting of Digital Forensic Tools

Chair: George Dimitrov, Law and Internet Foundation (Bulgaria)

09:45 11:15

Digital Forensic: Tools Catalogue and Method Validation

Fabrizio Turchi, CNR-ITTIG (Italy)

Panel Discussion

Matthew Simon, Digital Crime Officer (Digital Forensics), Digital Forensic Lab, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)

Craig Valli, Director, ECU Security Research Institute, Edith Cowen University (Australia)

Marco de Moulin, Product Director, Tracks Inspector (Netherlands)

Luciano Lima Kuppens, Deputy Head of the Computer Forensics Unit at the National Institute of Criminalistics (Brazil)
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break
 

Session VI. Setting Standards for Representing and Exchanging Evidence: EVIDENCE Envelope and Beyond

Chair:Craig Valli, Director, ECU Security Research Institute, Edith Cowen University (Australia)

11:45 – 13:00

Presentation on Setting Standards for Representing and Exchanging Evidence

Mattia Epifani, CNR-ITTIG (Italy)

Panel Discussion

Eoghan Casey, School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Francesco Picasso, Reality Net System Solutions (Italy)

Ulrich Seldeslachts, Leaders in Security (Belgium)

Yves Vandermeer, IT Forensics Trainer, Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU), Belgium and Chairman, European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG)
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
 

Session VII. Road Map and Actors - Where Do We Go from Here?

Chair: Joseph A. Cannataci, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

14:00 - 16:00

Presentation on the EVIDENCE Road Map

Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Panel Discussion

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle,University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Caroline Goemans-Dorny, INTERPOL Data Protection Officer (IDPO)

Teresa Magno, Judge, Ministry of Justice (Italy)

Luc Ferrand, Judge, Ministry of Justice (France)

Carsten Schmidt, Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)

Iain G. Mitchell QC, Member on IT Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

16:00 - 16:30

Final Observations and Concluding Remarks

(Coffee Break will be available in the Foyer)

 

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Venue & Accomodation

The EVIDENCE Final Conference will be held in the premises of the Hotel NH Den Haag, Pr. Margrietplantsoen 100, 2595 BR Den Haag, Netherlands.

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Travel

The Hotel NH Den Haag is located at Pr. Margrietplantsoen 100, 2595 BR Den Haag, Netherlands (you contact the hotel directly via +31 70 381 2345).

  • 2.85 km away from Den Haag city centre
  • 1.57 km away from Central Rail Station Den Haag
  • 2.76 km away from Binnenhof
  • 2.61 km away from De Tweedekamer

If you are comming by plane:

  • From Schiphol Airport, take the train to Den Haag Central Station. At the station, change onto the tram (Randstarail), either line 3 (towards Zoetermeer Centrum-West) or 4 (towards Javalaan), and get out at the first stop (Beatrixkwartier) to reach the hotel. The trip takes an hour. You can also catch a taxi from the station which takes less than 45 minutes.
  • From Rotterdam/The Hague Airport, you can take bus 50 towards Rotterdam. Get off at Meijersplein Station and switch onto the E tram towards The Hague. Get off at the Laan van NOI stop and hotel will be just a seven-minute walk away.

If you are comming by train:

  • You can also catch a taxi from the station which costs about € 10.00 and takes around 10 minutes; or you can take tram lines (Randstadrail) 3 (towards Zoetermeer Centrum/West) or 4 (towards Javalaan) and get off at the first stop (Beatrixkwartier).

If you are comming by car (for GPS navigation, please enter Prinses Marijke straat):

  • A4 Amsterdam - The Hague:
    • Head south on the A4 towards Den Haag.
    • Take exit 8-Leidschendam onto the E30/A12 towards Den Haag/Zoetermeer/Utrecht
    • Merge onto the A12 and continue for 3.1 km.
    • Take exit 3-Bezuidenhout towards Mariehoeve. 
    • After 400 m (you will see the hotel in the distance), turn right onto Schenkkade
    • Continue along Schenkkade for 250 m and then make a U-turn via Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg onto Prinses Margrietplantsoen.
    • You will see the hotel 70 m further along on your right 
  • A13 Rotterdam - The Hague:
    • Head north on the A13 and then take the exit onto E30 towards Den Haag/Utrecht
    • After 3.1 km on the E30, follow the signs to Voorburg/Den Haag/A12 and merge onto the A12.
    • Take exit 3-Bezuidenhout towards Mariehoeve. 
    • After 400m (you will see the hotel at the end of the at the end of the exit ramp) turn right onto Schenkkade
    • Continue along Schenkkade for 250m and then make a U-turn via Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg onto Prinses Margrietplantsoen.
    • You will see the hotel 70 m further along on your right
  • A12 Utrecht - The Hague:
    • Head west on the A12 towards Den Haag, follow the 12a-Bodegraven exits and stay on A12.
    • From Bodegraven, continue along the A12 for 32.9 km and then take exit 3-Bezuidenhout towards Mariahoeve
    • After 400 m (you will see the hotel at the end of the exit ramp) turn right onto Schenkkade
    • Follow Schenkkade for 250 m and then make a U-turn via Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg onto Prinses Margrietplantsoen.
    • You will see the hotel 70 m further along on your right

If you don't find the needed information here, please check the hotel's website for further references.

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