ABOUT THE IAP

The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is the only worldwide organization of prosecutors.  It was established in 1995 and now has more than 183 organizational members from over 177 different countries, representing every continent, as well as many individual members. 

History
The IAP was established in June 1995 at the United Nations offices in Vienna. The main impetus leading to its formation was the rapid growth in serious transnational crime; particularly drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. 


Vision and Objectives of the IAP 

Vision:
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 international co-operation to combat crime.
Its mission is to be a world authority for Prosecutors in the conduct of criminal prosecutions and associated matters and to operate as an organisation of international repute and referral. 

Objects:
1. To promote the effective, fair, impartial and efficient prosecution of criminal offences;
2. 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;
3.    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;
4. To promote and enhance those standards and principles which are generally recognised internationally as necessary for the proper and independent prosecution of offences;
5. To assist prosecutors internationally in the fight against organised or other serious crime, and for that purpose:
1. to promote international co-operation in gathering and providing evidence; in tracking, seizing and forfeiting the proceeds of serious crime; and in the prosecution of fugitive criminals;
2. to promote speed and efficiency in such international co-operation;
6. To promote measures for the elimination of corruption in public administration;
7. To promote the professional interests of prosecutors and to enhance recognition of their crucial role in achieving criminal justice;
8. 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;
9. To promote examination of comparative criminal law and procedure and to assist prosecutors engaged in justice reform projects;
10. To co-operate with international juridical organisations in furtherance of the foregoing objects. 

IAP Officers and Organs
The IAP is run by two main bodies, the Executive Committee which is the management and administrative body and the Senate which is an advisory body. 

The IAP Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is, subject to the decision of the General Meeting, the governing body of the Association.  The Association elects a President, up to nine Vice-Presidents and 21 other ordinary members constituting the Executive Committee.  The membership of the Executive Committee shall reflect the regions of the world in which the Association has members. 

The IAP Officials
The Executive Committee appoints a Secretary General who is the Chief Executive of the Association and manages its day to day affairs of the Association; a General Counsel, who is the legal counsellor to the Executive Committee and who manages the professional programme and the project work of the Association; and an Executive Director who is responsible for the membership relations and recruitments and for the Association’s network development and facilitation.

The IAP Senate
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 serves as an advisory body and imposed other responsibilities to promote the objects and functioning of the Association. 

The IAP Secretariat
The IAP Secretariat is based in The Hague, the Netherlands, where the Secretary-General, Han Moraal; the Senior Legal Advisor, Edith van den Broeck; the Legal Advisor, Gemma Moran; and the Project and Community Manager, Benn van Alphen work. 

Acting General Counsel, Manon Lapointe works from the Federal Prosecution Service in Canada; the Supporting Officer, Irina Beridze works from the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia; and the Executive Director, Janne Holst Hübner, works from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Denmark. 

The IAP Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia is based in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, where the Executive Officer, Hermann Horn and Assistant Tatiana Kozhevnikova work. 

IAP CONTACTS: 

IAP Secretariat
International Association of Prosecutors
Address:
Hartogstraat 13
2514 EP The Hague
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 70 363 03 45
Email: info@iap-association.org
Website: www.iap-association.org 

Janne Holst Hübner
Executive Director
Mobile: +45 22 14 66 46
Email: ed@iap-association.org
Skype: janne.holst.hubner 

Gary Balch
IAP General Counsel
Email: gc@iap-association.org

Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus
Koniuk Alexander Vladimirovich