AIPA inks agreement with International Association of Prosecutors (the Hague)

30 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The All India Prosecutors Association (AIPA) and the International Association of Prosecutors, whose headquarters are in The Hague, have entered into an agreement, which will likely be seen as a si...

The All India Prosecutors Association (AIPA) and the International Association of Prosecutors, whose headquarters are in The Hague, have entered into an agreement, which will likely be seen as a significant acknowledgment for the Indian prosecutors.

Padma Rao Lakkaraju, vice president of AIPA and a well-known lawyer from Hyderabad who also serves as the standing counsel for NHAI & TTD, signed the agreement on behalf of AIPA on Tuesday, September 27. She will continue to serve as the ‘Organisational Member’ of IAP in India. The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is the sole global association of prosecutors and was founded in June 1995 at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna.

The Association today includes numerous individual members in addition to more than 183 organisational members from more than 177 different nations, representing every continent. The fast expansion of severe transnational crime, including drug trafficking, money laundering, and fraud, served as the primary catalyst for its foundation.

The agreement was signed by AIPA during the 27th Annual Conference & General Meeting of the International Association of Prosecuting, which is taking place in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi right now. The purpose of the conference is to investigate the pandemic’s effects on criminal justice systems and the long-term viability of the techniques and digital technologies used to assure business continuity.

It also examines how quickly cybercrimes are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated as well as the huge difficulties they present for those working in the criminal justice system.

Padma Rao Lakkaraju commented on this event, saying, “The All India Prosecutors Association and the International Association of Prosecutors (Hague) have signed this agreement, which would allow for more foreign partnerships between Indian and international legal experts. Additionally, this arrangement would provide Indian legal experts a great chance to benefit from the information that is available across all member countries.”

Padma Rao Lakkaraju promised to work with Indian prosecutors on several fronts during a series of bilateral meetings he held with numerous representatives from different judicial authorities. Although the Republic of India is not a party to the ICC, Nazhat Shameem Khan, Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands, indicated interest in speaking with Indian prosecutors during such a bilateral session.

Lidislav Harman, the president of Eurojust (the Hague), indicated interest in exploring the possibility of sending Indian prosecutors on deputation to Eurojust during a different meeting. Thomas N. Burrows, Associate Director of International Affairs for the US Department of Justice, also agreed to work with us to investigate the potential for appointing Indian prosecutors to the UNODC.

In addition to promoting the rule of law, fairness, impartiality, and respect for human rights, the IAP is an international community of prosecutors dedicated to establishing and raising standards of professional conduct and ethics for prosecutors worldwide. It also works to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against crime. And this is the first time a lawyer from India has ever represented the nation on this stage.

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