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28th IAP Annual Conference & General Meeting

Date: Sunday 24 September 2023 - Wednesday 27 September 2023

Location: The QEII Centre (Central London, next to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey) 

About the Conference 

  • Conference Date: 24 – 27 September 2023 
  • Conference Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Central London 
  • Conference Host: Crown Prosecution Service 
  • Conference Languages: English is the working language of the conference. Simultaneous interpretation into all UN languages will be provided during all sessions taking place in the Plenary Hall 
  • Conference website: Will open mid-December 2022 
  • Conference fee: 925 EUR (Early Bird) / 975 EUR (Full Cost) 
  • Online Registration:  Will open February 2023 

Conference Theme: The Changing Nature of Crime in the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses  

The nature and complexity of crime are changing and the crime threat that we face continues to grow and evolve.  Criminal networks are becoming increasingly resilient and adaptable, exploiting technology to enable emerging types of crime and developing new methods of committing more traditional crimes.  An ever-increasing number of criminal offences now cross multiple jurisdictional boundaries with devastating consequences for our global community. With evidence, witnesses, victims, suspects and assets often located in more than one country, the importance of effective and constructive international cooperation cannot be underestimated. 

New innovations like encryption and the lag time between technology and the law mean that prosecutors and law enforcement agencies must be agile and resourceful in their approach to investigating and prosecuting serious organised crime, addressing the challenges raised constructively and collaboratively.   

The conference will explore how we can best organise and operate our prosecutorial agencies to maximise our capacity, resources, and ability to tackle a range of crime typologies.  The conference will consider the growth in digital evidence and how technological developments can be effectively utilised to progress complex and large-scale investigations and prosecutions.  It will examine new and innovative ways of tackling crime and freezing and confiscating assets, carefully considering how to increase the tools available to prosecutors and investigators to successfully disrupt criminal activity. 

We must use our skills and expertise to innovate and collaborate – working together to bring robust prosecutions across borders and to address common yet complex challenges in a pragmatic, effective and constructive way.  Hearing insights from across the globe, we will explore how we can best prevent criminals from exploiting the differences in legal systems, practices, and procedures to evade justice and how we can collectively work to prevent and combat organised crime, terrorism and other serious criminal activity.