International Electronic Evidence (edited by Stephen Mason)
An increasing number of civil and criminal proceedings involve the use of digital evidence across jurisdictional boundaries. Digital evidence now affects every aspect of law, including contract, employment, family, crime, intellectual property and land law; in effect, no area of law is excluded, and digital evidence has become of greater importance now the Internet and World Wide Web have become ubiquitous.
It is increasingly apparent that criminals and terrorists target the electronic environment to steal, carry out extortion and abuse children across jurisdictions. Additionally, both public and commercial organizations now rely on the digital environment to such an extent that it has become critical to business and, perhaps, the survival of the State.
This new title provides an outline of the substantive law of evidence, admissibility, disclosure, and procedural requirements in respect of digital evidence for the jurisdictions covered, which include: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey.
Stephen Mason is a barrister; a Visiting Research Fellow in Digital Evidence Research at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law; and an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In 2006, he prepared a training film on electronic signatures for the Judicial Studies Board, which is now a webcast. He is also the author and general editor of Electronic Evidence: Disclosure, Discovery & Admissibility (LexisNexis Butterworths, London, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-405718-37-0), which covers the following jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, England & Wales, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States of America; Electronic Signatures in Law (2nd edn,Tottel, Haywards Heath, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-847660-51-0), which covers 99 jurisdictions and has case law from 28 jurisdictions; E-Mail, Networks and the Internet: A Concise Guide to Compliance with the Law (6th edn, xpl publishing, 2006); and is the general editor of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review.