Research Student: Elvin Balajanov
Responses to cybercrime in Azerbaijan with special reference to the United Kingdom
Having recognized the socio-economic benefits to be derived from the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), the Republic of Azerbaijan is becoming increasingly dependent on the use of services and applications provided by ICT and, consequently, exposed to cybercrime and information security related threats and offences. This necessitates the need to place a proportionate value and effort in enhancing security, resilience, reliability and trust in ICT through the establishment of comprehensive strategies and thoroughly coordinated policies and legislation, which can adequately address the challenges of cyberspace and provide an adequate prevention and control of cybercrime.
The ultimate aim of this socio-legal research is to examine, assess and make suggestions to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and legality of responses of the Republic of Azerbaijan to cybercrime. Therefore, this project involves both doctrinal and empirical research of the law as posited, and its implementation, and is structured in accordance with the following specific objectives:
1) Investigation of the growing problem of cybercrime in Azerbaijan;
2) Evaluation of official policy responses of the country to cybercrime;
3) Scrutinization of regulatory and substantive criminal laws relevant to cybercrime;
4) Critical analysis of appropriateness of procedural instruments and powers applied in responding to cybercrime;
5) Drawing lessons from the UK through the adoption of policy transfer and assessing the adaptability and appropriateness of applying UK’s cybercrime control and prevention measures in Azerbaijan.
It also needs to be noted that the attainment of these objectives can potentially contribute to filling the existing gap in the study of legal and policy responses of Azerbaijan to cybercrime.
The research is funded by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
I hold an LLM in International and European Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds, an LLB with distinction from Baku State University (Azerbaijan). Furthermore, I have accomplished a number of courses on law, criminology, cybercrime and information security related topics offered by numerous other academic institutions, including the State University of New York, University of Warwick, University of Maryland, the University of Nottingham, Newcastle University, the University of Sheffield, the University of Queensland, the Open University, the University of Adelaide, Universiteit Leiden and etc.
I have also attended and delivered papers at various academic conferences on issues surrounding cybercrime in the UK and Azerbaijan.
I have worked in the civil service, as an advisor and lead advisor at the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, before starting my research at the University of Leeds.