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3rd IAP Global Forum for Associations of Prosecutors

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Venue:           Belgrade, Serbia
Period:           25 – 28 May 2017
Limitation:   100 participants
Fee:                200 EUR

The Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia is hosting this 3rd Global Forum.

Conference theme:  ACCOUNTABILITY AND ETHICAL STANDARDS IN PROSECUTION

Topics that will be discussed: The Role of the Associations in promoting the Public Prosecution Service’s Accountability – Ethical standards; Two side of the same coin – prosecutors’ accountability in media; Prosecution Accountability as a barrier against undue influence – hierarchy, political powers; Role of Prosecutors Association in capacity building and training management; Financial Accountability: Accountable management of financial resources as a part of prosecutors independence; Accountable resource management; Role of the Associations in Social Responsibility; Associations and members: Models and practices

About conference:

Prosecutorial independence and accountability are sometimes seen as competing values, however, they are complementary. Public prosecutors should be able to perform their professional duties without undue interference and states should protect them from such interference. At the same time, public prosecutors should be accountable for their activities. This follows among others from the UN Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors, the IAP Standards. Prosecutors must be accountable to the law, to the judiciary, and to the organizations they work with. Perhaps most importantly, prosecutors are accountable to the public, ensuring that the power bestowed upon them serves the public interest. Prosecutors’ Associations play a pivotal role to these ends.

The implementation of ethical standards has the potential of strengthening public confidence and accountability and the potential of promoting a better understanding of the roles prosecutors have in society. Associations of Prosecutors can play a leading role in this endeavour.

The conference will allow exchange of practice and experiences from other countries regarding the prosecutors accountability. It is planned to have 8 topics that are related to the accountability and ethical standards. The agenda contains plenary sessions and two workshops each day, which will allow work in smaller groups. Each session will have chairmen who will be responsible for discussion and each workshops will have rapporteurs for taking notes of discussions.

The main goal of the Conference is to identify how Association of Prosecutors can contribute most effectively to the strengthening of prosecutors accountability and the implementation of ethical standards of prosecution.

Conference target group:

The conference target group is primarily representatives of prosecutors’ associations from all over the world. The prosecutors’ association is type of professional organization that exist in different legal systems. Typically, the associations primarily goal is protection of independence and unbiased approach of judicial professions. Additionally, the associations contribute to the reputation of holders of judicial function, thus is relevant to discuss how prosecutors’ association could contribute to strengthening of accountability and enforcement of ethical standards. Beside prosecutors association we welcome prosecutors from countries that are planning to establish prosecutors’ association.  

The number of participants is limited to 100, hence places will be allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis. You are therefore encouraged to register early to avoid any disappointments.

Please note: The IAP reserves the right to restrict the number of participants from each country or region in order to achieve an appropriate geographical balance.