Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How are criminals perpetrating cybercrime offences across borders? This subject explores cross-border cybercrime and jurisdictional barriers to the pursuit of cybercriminals. Topics include the online underground economy, the Dark Net, digital currencies and cybercrime. It will include the origin and function of Bitcoin, the legal and regulatory treatment of digital currencies and review recent enforcement trends in the criminal arena/new developments in this rapidly evolving topic. How does the lack of boundaries in cyberspace make it more difficult to apprehend and investigate/prosecute suspects? How do nation-states regulate criminal activity of those persons and organizations located abroad? We will focus on the International Cybercrime Convention and international efforts to achieve greater harmonisation of cybercrime laws. We will also look at law enforcement cooperation across international boundaries.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesActivities such as readings (e.g. textbook, journal articles, current events, case law, legislation, and international instruments), videos and associated activities. Group presentation. Research paper.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into: Master of Cyber Security -Computer Science (SMCYC) Master of Cyber Security - Law (SMCYL) Master of Cyber Security - Business Operations (SMCYB) SMCYCO SMCYLO SMCYBO LMJD - Juris Doctor LML - Master of Laws LMLAW - Master of Laws LMLE - Master of Law and Entrepreneurship


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

International Cybercrime

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Differentiate between the various methods that cyber criminals are using to perpetrate crimes across borders
02. Explain and critique the international legal framework for dealing with cybercrime
03. Critically evaluate how the jurisdictional issues discussed in the subject make it difficult to investigate and prosecute suspects
04. Interpret and apply the international legal framework for achieving harmonisation in the investigation and prosecution of cybercriminals
05. Develop and participate in critical discussion on international cybercrime issues, particularly the difficult of law enforcement efforts across international boundaries.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, LTU Term 6, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 46 - 51
Five 7.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 46 to week 51 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research paper (2,500 words) Submitted online through LMS

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Group presentations (2,000 word equivalent per student) Audio/video Submitted online through LMS.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Class discussion (2,000 word equivalent per student) Submitted online through LMS

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO5