Cybercrime: a case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Murtezic, Arben (2013) Cybercrime: a case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this dissertation is to examine the most important aspects of Cybercrime in Bosnia and Herzegovina and provide concrete findings and recommendations to improve the fight against this threat. The use of mixed methods was a necessity for accomplishing this task, and a case study format was found to be the most appropriate.
    In the first place, the literature on the cybercrime is examined in order to gain an insight in this type of crime generally but particularly in developing countries so as to set the context of the problem in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The accent of this work is on the legal framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina which is examined after the presentation of the international legal development in this field. Evaluation of the domestic legislation is done through the prism of the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention as well as comparison with neighboring countries. Furthermore, this research identifies the social and economic factors that are generally recognized as significant for potential expansion of cybercrime. Accordingly, the situation and relevant facts considering Bosnia and Herzegovina are presented. The practice of the law enforcement institutions in this field is examined, mostly, through primary research, which includes a focused search of the data bases of judicial institutions. However, the core of the primary research consists of the personal interviews with eight of the most senior prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    The study concludes that legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is substantially in line with the Convention. However, the legislative discrepancies between different parts of the country present a potential problem. Furthermore, it is not only the weak institutional capacity that is shown to be worrying, but also the absence of any assessment and plans for improvement at any level in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    This study concludes by making germane recommendations to address these identified short comings that could be practically implemented in BiH.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 15:10
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14399

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