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Eurojust participates in the 21st Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors

19/09/2016

The 21st Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), The Prosecutor and the Investigator, took place in Dublin, Ireland, from 11 to 15 September 2016. This year’s conference provided an opportunity to share best practice in managing the various elements of the relationship between prosecutors and investigators in different jurisdictions and discuss international approaches to the investigation and prosecution of crime.

The conference theme attracted speakers with wide and diverse expertise in specialised areas of criminal law from around the world, including Prosecutors General, Attorneys General, and Directors of Public Prosecution, as well as representatives from international organisations such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, actively participated in the conference, leading the discussions in the workshop on Investigation and Prosecution of Terrorism and Other Organised Crime. In her capacity as member of the Board of Advisors of the IAP’s Counter Terrorism Prosecutors Network (CTPN), Ms Coninsx also chaired one of the Special Interest Group Meetings, during which the CTPN’s current activities and future plans were discussed. One of the recent initiatives consists of A Single Global Online Gateway to Support MLA in Counter-Terrorism Prosecution, a project that is currently developed by the IAP and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) to break down barriers to practical cooperation in counter-terrorism cases.

Mr Han Moraal, National Member for the Netherlands, attended in his capacity as Acting Secretary General of the IAP. As Chair of the IAP’s Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN) he presented GPEN’s latest developments. Ms Maria Schnebli, in her capacity as Swiss Liaison Prosecutor to Eurojust, chaired the Workshop International Co-operation and Maintaining Prosecutorial Independence. Mr Josip Čule, National Member for Croatia and member of IAP’s Executive Committee, attended the conference on behalf of the State Attorney's Office of the Republic of Croatia.

Background

The IAP was established in 1995 at the UN’s offices in Vienna in response to the growth in cross-border crime, particularly drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. The IAP is the only worldwide organisation of prosecutors, with more than 172 organisational members from over 170 different countries, representing every continent, as well as many individual members. For further information, see here.

In 2015, the Executive Committee of the IAP approved a proposal for the creation of the CTPN as a special interest group of prosecutors within the IAP architecture, coordinated and supported by CTED and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). In addition to its role as a forum for information-sharing of new trends and challenges in the prosecution of terrorism, the CTPN promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) and assists in delivering targeted capacity-building programmes. The CTPN complements the existing special interest groups hosted by the IAP on e-crime, trafficking in human beings and international criminal justice