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Conference: Judicial reforms and and their implications in Central and Eastern Europe, Iasi, 25-26 October 2012‏

The Center for the Analysis of Reforms in Justice, Society and Politics (CARJSP) from Iasi, Romania, in collaboration with the Centre d'étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL) of Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, are organising an international conference entitled Judicial Reforms and their implications in Central and Eastern Europe.
After the fall of communist regimes, and in the context of the accession to the European Union, the former communist countries have initiated an ample process of judicial reforms. The independence of the judiciary and the improvement of the functioning of legal institutions are indispensable to the establishment and the development of an European area of freedom, security and justice. The good functioning of the judiciary depends on the fairness, integrity and level of competence shown in the act of justice, as well as on appropriate financial resources and professional training. The European Commission continues to assess and monitor the implementation of these reforms in Romania and Bulgaria.
The judicial reforms carried out in EU Member States and the candidate countries are an important topic for politicians as well as for citizens and the academic community. Being, for decades, a privileged object of study for law specialists, lately, these reforms have become areas of transnational and multidisciplinary research. Political scientists, law specialists, sociologists of law, experts on European studies and legal anthropologists, have all examined the recent transformations of judicial institutions and their effects.
The organisers of this international conference aim to bring together specialists of this field of inquiry and to launch an ample debate with magistrates, decision-makers and academics concerning the objectives and the impact of the reforms recently implemented in the new Member States of the EU and the current candidate countries.

The main questions addressed by the organisers are the following :
► What are the current outcomes of judicial reforms in the region?
► What are the difficulties and obstacles encountered when these reforms are implemented?
► How and in what respects are the initiators of these reforms inspired by the reforms which are underway in other European countries?
► What is the situation of the legal reforms started in Romania compared to other countries of this region?
The independence, responsibility, fairness, and professionalism are the main topics of this conference.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit an abstract in French or English (300 words) by August 10, 2012.
Abstracts should be submitted, along with contact information (name, institutional affiliation, department, e-mail address), to Andrei Dumitrescu (, jurist, counselor at the European Institute of Iaşi, Romania.
A publication of the conference papers is planned.


Abstract submission: August 10, 2012
Notification of ac ceptance: August 14, 2012
Final paper submission: September 15, 2012
The papers will be selected by:
Ramona Coman, professor assistant in political science, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Daniela Piana, professor assistant in political science, University of Bologna, Italy
Ole Hammerslev, professor, Head of Study, Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Liviu Drăgănescu, public prosecutor, Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, trainer of The National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest, Romania
Vasilică-Cristi Danileţ, judge, Member of Superior Council of Magistracy, trainer of The National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest, Romania
Mihail Udroiu, judge, Tribunal of Bucharest, trainer of The National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest, Romania

Organizing Committee:

Ramona Coman, professor assistant in political science at Université Lib re de Bruxelles , Belgium (
Daniel Şandru, professor in political science, president of the University Senate, “Petre Andrei” University, Iasi, Romania (
Gianina Radu, counsellor for European Affairs within the National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest , Romania(
Andrei Dumitrescu, jurist, counsellor within the European Institute of Iaşi , Romania (

"Judicial reforms and their implications in Central and Eastern Europe"

October 25 – 26, 2012, Iasi, Romania