Vision and Objectives of the IAP


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.


  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.