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2nd IAP African & Indian Ocean Regional Conference

Date: Sunday 26 August 2012

Location: Mauritius

Conference Details:

Conference Venue:    Mauritius
Conference Period:   26 – 29 August 2012
Conference Theme:   ‘Partners in upholding the rule of law’
Conference Fee:        3000 MUR (US$100)
Conference Website: http://www.gov.mu/portal/sites/iapmauritius/index.htm

Register online through the conference website. The conference is available to individual members and those working for organisational members of the IAP. Non IAP members are welcom to participate subject to availability, on the basis that they are expected to join the IAP upon attendance. 

The IAP African and Indian Ocean Conference will be a unique opportunity to bring together delegates from the African and Indian Ocean regions and enable them to address challenging topics such as Piracy, Asset Recovery, Human Rights and Witness and Victim Support which are at the heart of the prosecutorial process.

Conference theme; ‘Partners in upholding the rule of law’

Topic 1: Prosecutions and Human Rights – are they mutually exclusive.
Topic 2: Challenges to prosecutorial discrtion.
Topic 3: New Challenges to Prosecutions – Piracy Prosecutions in the Indian Ocean.
Topic 4: Victim and Witness Protection.
Topic 5: Asset Recovery.
Topic 6: Prosecution for corruption offences.

To address these topics, there will be 6 panels constituted of distinguished judges, lawyers and government officials.

Furthermore this conference will present the first opportunity to consult IAP membership upon the content of a’ handbook on prosecution standards’ which the IAP are developing in conjunction with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This handbook will illustrate and offer guidance upon the ‘IAP Standards of Professional Responsibility and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors’ which were agreed in 1995 and endorsed by Resolution of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2008. The handbook will also reference other relevant standards and instruments. It is expected that a broad outline should be available in time for the conference and that a consultation exercise will be held at a breakfast meeting on 28th August. Further consultation will take place during the IAP Annual Conference in Thailand later in the year with a view to launching the final product in 2013.


The venue for the Conference will be at the Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort in Flic en Flac on the sheltered West Coast of the island.  Mauritius is also known for the hospitality and charm of its people.  Delegates will be treated to a special cultural programme to enable them to discover Multicultural Mauritius.

Conference Documentation:

Many of the presentations offered at the 2nd IAP Regional Conference for Africa and Indian Ocean have been published in a special Commonwealth Law Bulletin which can be accessed via the following link (click on "recent articles"): http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DQ6SK2ZFiN9tUN8qBuqR/full