2nd IAP African and Indian Ocean Regional Conference Secretariat
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The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is a non-
The IAP was established in June 1995 at the United Nations offices in Vienna and
was formally inaugurated in September 1996 at its first General Meeting in Budapest.
The rapid growth in serious transnational crime, particularly drug trafficking, money
laundering and fraud led to the creation of the IAP. The need was perceived for greater
Vision of the IAP
The IAP is an International Community of Prosecutors committed to setting and raising
standards of professional conduct and ethics for Prosecutors worldwide; promoting
the rule of law, fairness, impartiality and respect for human rights and improving
Its mission is to be a world authority for Prosecutors in the conduct of criminal prosecutions and associated matters and to operate as an organization of international repute and referral.
The objects of the IAP
· To promote the effective, fair, impartial and efficient prosecution of criminal offences;
· To respect and seek to protect human rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948;
· To promote high standards and principles in the administration of criminal justice, including procedures to guard against or address miscarriages, in support of the rule of law;
· To promote and enhance those standards and principles which are generally recognized internationally as necessary for the proper and independent prosecution of offences;
· To assist prosecutors internationally in the fight against organized or other serious crime, and for that purpose:
· To promote measures for the elimination of corruption in public administration;
· To promote the professional interests of prosecutors and to enhance recognition of their crucial role in achieving criminal justice;
· To promote good relations between individual prosecutors and prosecution agencies; to facilitate the exchange and dissemination among them of information, expertise and experience; and, to that end, to encourage the use of information technology;
· To promote examination of comparative criminal law and procedure and to assist prosecutors engaged in justice reform projects;
· To co-
Among the pioneers in the formation of the Association were its first honorary members, Dr Kurt Neudek of the United Nations Secretariat in Vienna and Dr Maria Hajdu, the President of the Hungarian National Association of Prosecutors. Dr Hajdu also served as President of the IAP until its first conference in Budapest.
From 1996 until its 4th Annual Conference in 1999 the Association’s President was
Mr Eamonn Barnes, Director of Public Prosecutions of Ireland. At that Conference
he became an honorary member of the IAP together with Mr René Ficq and Mr Dato Steenhuis,
From 1999 until 2005 Mr Nicholas R. Cowdery AM Q.C., Director Public Prosecutions for New South Wales, Australia, was the President of the Association. At the 10th Annual Conference at Copenhagen in August 2005 he became an honorary member of the IAP. Mr Henning Fode, Director of Public Prosecutions of Denmark, was then elected as his successor.
M. Francois Falletti, Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeal of Aix en Provence in France, succeeded Henning Fode in September 2007.
IAP Officers and organs
The IAP elects a President, six Vice Presidents and a Secretary-
The Senate of the Association consists of past members of the Executive Committee. It operates in conjunction with the President and the Executive Committee. The Senate discharges advisory and other responsibilities to promote the objects and functioning of the Association.
The IAP Secretariat is based in The Hague where the Secretary-
Organisational Membership is open to:
— An association of prosecutors organised on a country or a jurisdictional basis
— A prosecution service organised on a country or a jurisdictional basis
— An organisation, agency or foundation established for the promotion of crime prevention measures and the functions of which are closely connected with the prosecution of crime or an international unit, body, organisation or forum established by (a) state(s) or by (a) prosecution service(s) to stimulate and improve coordination and cooperation between competent national prosecuting authorities may be eligible for organisational membership.
The Secretary General, Mr. Derk Kuipers
Hartogstraat 13 2514 EP The Hague Netherlands
Phone: +31703630345 / Fax: +31703630367