The IAP Special Achievement Award

The Special Achievement Award is given to a prosecutor, whether a member of the IAP or not, who has demonstrated special dedication in the pursuit of his/her professional responsibilities, or who has discharged his/her professional responsibilities in the face of special hardship or adversity or under other circumstances which deserve special recognition.

The IAP Special Achievement Award has been presented to following;

2014 :Presented during the 19th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the IAP in Dubai, UAE.

  • The Prosecution Team of the Boeremag Case, composed by the advocates Mr. Paul Fick SC, Mr. Dries van Rensburg, Mr. Pieter Luyt and Ms. Phyllis Vorster. The Boeremag Prosecution Team investigated and prosecuted 24 accused standing trial on multiple charges inclulding High Treason, sabotage, murders, terrorism and other serious crimes which were perpetrated aiming to undermine the Democracy and the Rule of Law.
  • The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJ/WG) and Senior FEderal Prosecutor Raquel Dodge. The TJ/WG was created by the Office of the Federal Prosecutors in the State of Rio de Janeiro in ordr to investigate and prosecute violations of human rights that were perpetrated during the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964/1985). The TJ/WG is composed by federal prosecutors Antonio do Passo Cabral, Sergio Gardengui Suiama, Ana Claudia de Sales Alencar, Tatiana Polio Flores, Eduardo El-Hage, Eduardo Santos de Oliveira, Luiz Fernando Voss Chagas Lessa and Vanessa Sequezzi. The work carried out by these prosecutors has complemented the efforts developed by Senior Federal Prosecutor Raquel Dodge.

2013 Presented during the 18th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the IAP in Moscow, Russian Federation.

  • The Russian West Baikal Interregional Environmental Prosecutors Office
  • The Office of the Prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, represented by Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow.
  • The Office of the Attorney General of Republic of Brazil, represented by the Attorney General Roberto Gurgel.

2012: Presented during the 17th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the IAP in Bangkok, Thailand

  • HRH, Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, in recognition of her Royal Highness's contribution as a champion of Human Rights and particularly Womans Rights in Thailand, Especially in the context of violence against women in which regard she can be considered a role model. Her election as Chair of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was an important signal about the central position of the prosecutor in the assertion of the Rule of Law.
  • Gerrie Nell, for his fierce pursuit of the vision of the National Prosecution Authority of South Africa's ideals to achieve justice in society, so that all can live in freedom and security, and guided by theConstitution his unending determination to ensure justice for the victimes of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour and prejudice that became apparent when he took the lead role in the prosecution o fthe previous National Commissioner of Police for South Africa, Jacob Sello Selebi. His conviction of charges of corruptiuon and sentence of 15 years imprisonment was largely due to Gerrie's committment to the principles of prosecutorial independence and integrity which he held to despite repeated obstacles over a period of more than 3 years.
  • Allan Dahl, in recognition of his work in Afghanistan where he has been working since 2009 in very difficult and dangerous circumstances when his life is often at risk and has won the respect  of both national and international personnel. He has worked tireless and enthusiastically to develop a resilient and effective Afghani justice system and throughour has remained passionate about his work and his vision for Afghanistan and its people.
  • The Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, for having attained a number of successful convictions which significantly contributed to the development of international jurisprudence and for having won a notable achievement in respect of the conviction of Charles Taylor, the first judgement agains a former Head of Stat in an internationalised jurisdiction since the Second World War, which was attained by the skilful handling of significant challenges.
  • The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, in recognition of its progress towards achieving a central position in the removal of impunity for war criminals and those responsible for crimes against humanity and also for having overcome a number of challenges in order to obtain a conviction agains Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for the war crime of conscripting and enlisting children under the gang of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 2002 - 2003.

2011: Presented during the 16th Annual Confference and General Meeting of the IAP in Seoul, South Korea

  • Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate for Scotland. In recognition of her achievements in the field of criminal justice both nationally in Scotland and internationally. In special recognition of her unique achievements as Solicitor General and Lord Advocate in Scotland from 2001 - 2011 durin which she demonstrated a commitment to independence and impartiality and a dedication to the pro motion of equality and diversity and introduced improvements in the quality of prosecution and the treatment of victims.

2010: Presented during the 15th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the IAP in The Hague, The Netherlands

  • The Crown Prosecution Service [England and Wales] – Counter Terrorism Division for being an exemplar for the type of complex and sensitive work which it handles endeavouring to bring those who engage in terrorist activities to justice through trials of the highest standard, while constantly striving to improve its work without forgetting its duty to share its successes with the public it aims to protect

2009: Presented during the 14th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the IAP in Kiev, Ukraine

  • Josaia Naigulevu, former Director of Public Prosecutions for Fiji for upholding the principle of integrity and independence in the face of unwarranted pressure from an unlawful ruling regime.
  • Ronald Bei Talasasa, Director of Public Prosecutions for the Solomon Islands in recognition of the exceptional hardships he has faced in the Solomon Islands especially during the time of the Tension and his dogged determination to continue to act in accordance with principle, even in the face of great personal danger.

2008: Presented during the 13th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors in Singapore.

Advocate Vusumzi Pikoli, National Dir.of Public Prosecutions for South Africa.

Advocate Pikoli’s consistent defence of the principles of independence, integrity and impartiality of the Prosecution, culminating in his resistance to attempts to make him change his mind about the prosecution of a high profile individual for corruption, was deserving of recognition by the IAP.

2007: Presented during the 12th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors in Hong Kong.

Lesotho Prosecutors

For prosecuting both bribers and bribees from all over the world on charges of corruption involving the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Africa's largest water transfer and hydropower project.

See full article in IAP Newsletter  no. 39 (page 11)