From 10 – 15 September, the 22nd annual International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Conference and General Meeting took place in Beijing, China, under the auspices of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China. This year’s theme was Prosecution in the Public Interest - Challenges and Opportunities in Changing Societies.
High-ranking public and military prosecutors and representatives of international organisations from around the world participated in the conference. In attendance from Eurojust were Michèle Coninsx, Eurojust’s President, Han Moraal, the National Member for the Netherlands and Secretary General of the IAP, Josip Čule, the National Member for Croatia and member of the IAP’s Executive Committee, and Solveig Wollstad, the National Member for Sweden and member of the IAP.
Participants discussed how prosecution authorities can best respond to the increasing digitalisation of public and private life, to the increasingly transnational nature of crime, and to the fact that an ever-increasing proportion of people live in cities. The many workshops and parallel sessions offered specialists in a diverse range of crime areas the opportunity to discuss and exchange experience with new developments, legal challenges and solutions, and cutting edge technologies.
Ms Coninsx was a keynote speaker in the first plenary session. Her presentation was entitled The European approach to judicial cooperation in a digital age. Ms Coninsx highlighted some of the major challenges identified by Eurojust in prosecuting criminals in an increasingly digital world, as well as the initiatives that are being developed to address these challenges, particularly the newly established European Judicial Cybercrime Network.
The IAP, established in 1995 in Vienna, is the only worldwide organisation of prosecutors. Established in 1995, it now has over 170 members from over 170 different locations. It was formed to respond to the rapid growth in serious transnational crime, particularly drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. The IAP is 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 cooperation to combat crime. For further information, see http://www.iap-association.org.