Awards Protocol

 
  • Whereas it is important that excellence and meritorious contributions to prosecutorial endeavours and research be publicly recognised in a concrete and meaningful way;
  • Whereas the award of decorations has a long-standing and established tradition within society and the professions; 
  • Whereas decorations and awards must be granted according to clear and publicly available criteria; and 
  • Whereas the International Association of Prosecutors, pursuant to its constitutional Objects and particularly Objects a, b, c, d and f, wishes to make such public recognition;

the International Association of Prosecutors resolves as follows; 

1. Medal of Honour

a) The IAP Medal of Honour is the highest decoration awarded by the Association. 

The IAP Medal of Honour is awarded to prosecutors who have exemplified, in a domestic or international  context, the key qualities of a good prosecutor and, more specifically, those of integrity, fairness and dedication to professional ethics as set out in the IAP Standards. 

The IAP Medal of Honour may also be awarded to a person or an organization that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the IAP Standards and to the role of the prosecutor in the pursuit of justice under the rule of law in a domestic or international context. 

The recipient's qualities and achievements must clearly be seen to be in accordance with the Objects of the Association, including the Object of international cooperation between the IAP`s members, and they must be widely recognised nationally and internationally. 

b) The particular requirements for this award imply that a Medal of Honour is given only for outstanding achievements. It is not necessarily given every year, and only under special circumstances may more than one award be given the same year.

c) In awarding the IAP Medal of Honour, the Executive Committee will take into account all the above.

2. Special Achievement Award

a) The IAP Special Achievement Award is given for 

  • carrying out of prosecution duties in the face of particular hardship or adversity, or 
  • other outstanding achievements which deserve special recognition, for instance for special dedication in promoting the rule of law. 

b) The award may be given to no more than 3 recipients annually, except in special circumstances the award may be given to more than 3 recipients. It may be given to individual prosecutors, prosecution services, associations of prosecutors or prosecution teams, regardless of whether he or she is a member of the IAP or not. 

c) When considering candidates, the Executive Committee will attach particular importance to the nature of the work carried out, the circumstances in which it was undertaken and the difficulty of the task. 

Although the award will not be given solely for carrying out the regular tasks and duties associated with the candidate’s post, the circumstances under which tasks and duties are carried out may indicate that the work deserves special recognition. 

3. Prosecutor of the Year Award
  1. The aim of the Prosecutor of the Year Award is to give recognition and encouragement to front-line prosecutors, who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their work, domestically or internationally;
    • in combating crime in the conduct of the investigation or the prosecution, or
    • in defending the independence and integrity of prosecutors, or
    • in successfully promoting international cooperation and/or human rights, or
    • in significantly contributing to improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
  2. The award may be given to no more than 5 recipients annually, except in special circumstances the award may be given to more than 5 recipients . It may be given to individual prosecutors who are involved in the investigation and/or prosecution of criminal matters up to the level of those directly in charge e.g. team leaders, regardless of whether he or she is a member of the IAP or not.
  3. When considering candidates, the Executive Committee will strive to maintain an even geographical spread to ensure that recognition is accorded to prosecutors from all parts of the world.

4. Honorary membership

On the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the General Meeting may elect as an honorary member of the Association any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association's work.

5. Certificate of Merit

The IAP Certificate of Merit is awarded as an expression of the Association’s gratitude to members of the IAP (individual or organisational) for their pursuit of the Objects of the Association. Certificates of Merit can also be awarded to non IAP members as an expression of the Association’s gratitude for supporting the association.

6. Application procedure

  1. Recommendations for any of the above awards and decorations may be made by an individual or organisational member of the IAP.
    Candidates for the Special Achievement Award and the Prosecutor of the Year Award will normally be nominated and recommended by organisational members. A nomination by at least three individual members may also be considered, if the nomination is supported by the head of the candidate’s organisation or under other special circumstances. The recommendation should include details about any Award that has previously been given to a candidate for one of the two awards for similar achievements or work.
  2. Recommendations should be sent to the Secretary-General with a brief written account explaining how the nomination meets the criteria established in this protocol. For the Prosecutor of the Year Award a special nomination form must be used, with supporting material of no more than two pages describing the factual account and the outcome of the outstanding performance of the candidate attached to the form.
  3. The deadline for submission of recommendations to the Secretary-General is 2 months before the Northern Spring Meeting of the Executive Committee. The Committee may decide to waive this deadline.

7. Selection and award procedure

  1. The Secretary-General collects recommendations for the IAP decorations and awards and may propose candidates for Honorary Membership and Certificates of Merit. The Secretary-General makes a list of all the candidates for each of the decorations and awards to be presented, with any written recommendations and supporting material, which he must send to the members of the Executive Committee 6 weeks before  the Northern Spring Meeting.
  2. The Executive Committee will appoint an Awards Panel among its members at the Executive Committee Meeting held at same time as the Annual Conference, to assess the candidates and to recommend  a list of suitable candidates for each of the decorations and awards to the Executive Committee for approval. The Executive Committee is not bound to follow the recommendations of the Awards Panel.
  3. The Executive Committee grants awards and decides whom it will recommend to the General Meeting to grant Honorary Membership at its Northern Spring Meeting each year, unless special circumstances so require, and in such case by telecommunication no less than 90 days prior to the Annual Conference.
  4. The IAP Medal of Honour is presented at the Awards Ceremony of the Annual Conference.
  5. The Special Achievement Award and the Prosecutor of the Year Award are awarded under the Great Seal of the Association and the certificates are presented at the Award Ceremony of the Annual Conference.
  6. The Honorary Membership and the Certificate of Merit are awarded under the Great Seal of the Association and the certificates are presented at the General Meeting of the Association.

8. Records

The Secretary-General is the Registrar of the IAP decorations and awards and keeps an official record of the recipients of the above decorations and awards and the reasons why they were awarded.