Combating online child sexual abuse

A two day conference held in Reykjavík University

  • 5.12.2019 - 6.12.2019, 8:30 - 16:00, Háskólinn í Reykjavík

The conference focuses on an immensely important issue that we need to fight on a global level to protect the youth of this world. International collaboration plays a key role in our fight against online child abuse, which respects no boundaries or borders.

With representatives from all the Nordic Countries, along with experts from the Netherlands, it will serve as a
cooperation platform for sharing good practice and knowledge in this field.

Registrations are here

The conference is hosted by

  • The Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Reykjavik University
  • Ministry of Justice
  • The Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Reykjavik Metropolitan Police
  • The Centre for Police Training and Professional Development (CPTPD)


Thursday, December 5th

In room V101

08:30 – 09:30

  • Registration 

09:30 – 09:45

  • Welcomes and Opening Address:
    Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Justice

09:45 – 11:15

  • Child Abuse Images and Travelling Child Sex Offenders: the Dutch Approach.
    Ben van Mierlo, Chief Superintendent at the Netherlands Police and National Coordinator on child abuse images and travelling child sex offenders
    Ingeborg Muller, Prosecutor at the National Public Prosecutor's Office in Rotterdam

  • Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00 
  • Maintaining psychological health while working with Child Abuse Cases within the judicial system.
    Ólafur Örn Bragason, Forensic psychologist and director of the Centre for Police Training and Professional Development. 

12:00 – 13:30

  • Lunch

13:30 – 14:30
  • A Landscape in Change: The Changing Public Interests and Opinion in Finland of Child Sexual Abuse in the Light of Recent Cases
    Maria Rossi, Detective Sergeant at the Cyber Crime Center, National Bureau of Investigations in Finland.
    Christian Jamsen, Senior Adviser at the Cyber Crime Center, National Bureau of Investigations in Finland.

14:30 – 14:45

  • Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:45
  • A Case Study of Digital Sex Crimes with Losers only:
    Flemming Kjærside, Superintendant at the Division of Cyber Related Sexual Offenses at the Danish National Cyber Crime Center NC3.


  • The Recently Released Report on the state of Online Child Abuse in Iceland:
    Karl Steinar Valsson, Detective Chief Superintendent at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police and former head of the Icelandic Liaison Bureau at Europol.

The conference will be streamed here

Friday, December 6

In room V101

09:30 – 11:00

  • Investigating the “Boylove-case” and prosecution of charged members of Boylove community. Current challenges in investigation of online child sexual abuse.
    Fredy Joaquin Salazar, Detective Chief at the Oslo Police.
    Christian Hatlo, Senior Police prosecutor, Homicide and sexual crime section, Oslo Police.
11:00 – 11:15
  • Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:15
  • Children, youth and sexual risk online. What do they do – and what does it mean for parents, police and politics? New findings from the EUKidsOnline survey in 19 European countries.
    Phd. Elisabeth Staksrut, Professor at the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Oslo.
    Kjartan Ólafsson, Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri, and member of the Management Committee of the EU Kids Online Thematic Network, and on the Steering Group of the Global Kids Online project.
12:15 – 13:30
  • Lunch
13:30 – 14:15
  • Correlation of Online Child Sexual Abuse Victimization: Important Targets for Prevention
    Phd. Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University.
    Phd. Rannveig S. Sigurvinsdóttir, Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University.

14:15 – 14:45
  • Image-Based Sexual Abuse
    What international obligations are in place on the issue, and how are they nationally applied in the Icelandic judicial system? Are the legal rights of victims of image-based sexual abuse guaranteed and in accordance with international obligations? How are these acts treated and laws applied when victims are children? Are children enjoying the rights and protections as required for their welfare?
    Helga Einarsdóttir, Detective Inspector and Lawyer at the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police in Iceland.

14:45 – 15:00
  • Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00
  • Challenges in Prosecuting Online Sexual Abuse
    Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir, Deputy District Prosecutor in Iceland
    Þorbjörg Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir, Prosecutor at the Director of Public Prosecutions in Iceland.

  • Conference Close
    Chair: Svala Ísfeld Ólafsdóttir, Associate Professor at Reykjavik University, Specialist at the Ministry of Justice, and Chairman of the Penal Code Committee.

The conference will be streamed here  

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