The History of the International Association of Prosecutors

The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), which is a non-governmental and non-political organisation, is the first and only world organisation of prosecutors.

It was established in June 1995 at the United Nations offices in Vienna and was formally inaugurated in September 1996 at its first General Meeting in Budapest. The main impetus leading to its formation was the rapid growth in serious transnational crime, particularly drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. The need was perceived for greater international co-operation between prosecutors and for greater speed and efficiency in mutual assistance, asset tracking and other international co-operative measures.

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