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Criminal justice

The successful prevention of and fight against crime requires an effective and functioning criminal justice system. The efforts of the Law Program in the area of criminal justice reform cover a great variety of issues from the structure and operation of the prosecution service and the investigating authorities to the rights of defendants and victims of crime. In the focus of the Law Program activities are also specific types of criminal behavior such as organized crime, corruption, human trafficking, cybercrime, racist violence and hate crime. The role of prisons and the reform of the penitentiary system are also part of the Law Program’s scope of activities as is the use of public confidence indicators for the development and assessment of criminal justice policies. 

 


Events

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Victims of Crime – New Trends in Identifying, Needs Assessment and Referral in Bulgaria and the EU
Despite the transposition of the EU acquis on the protection of victims of crime, Bulgaria is still lagging behind in providing victims adequate support and participation in criminal proceedings. more »
 
Protection of the Rights of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings
In order for the referral, support and protection of the rights of victims of trafficking of human beings (THB) to be effective, stakeholders need to work in cooperation towards a common goal and each of them should understand the others’ perspectives. more »
 
Online Survey: TAKEDOWN – Identify, Prevent, Respond
The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation TAKEDOWN project is launching an European public on-line survey among practitioners to understand the dimensions of organised crime and terrorist networks for developing effective and efficient security solutions and practical toolkits for first-line-practitioners and professionals. TAKEDOWN project work comes from 18 European scientific, technology, research, social and security institutions joining efforts and expertise to identify, prevent and respond to crime and terrorist networks. more »
 
Punishment versus treatment: the situation of drug users in prison
Bulgaria has no clear and consistent state policy on drug-using offenders. This is the main conclusion of the round table on the situation of drug users in prison organised by the Center for the Study of Democracy. The event, which aimed to present the Norwegian experience of working with drug users in prison, was attended by officials from the Directorate General "Execution of Penalties", prosecutors, judges, lawyers, academics and NGOs. more »
 

Publications

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Referral to legal assistance for victims of human trafficking
The report 'Referral to legal assistance in the case of victims of human trafficking' was developed within the framework of an initiative for strengthening multidisciplinary cooperation to ensure effective referral, assistance and protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking, uniting the efforts of experts from Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Spain and Sweden. Victims of human trafficking face frequent challenges, especially regarding legal assistance and representation that should be available throughout the criminal proceedings. more »
 
Victims’ Booklet
The Victims’ Booklet has been published under the initiative ‘Pro Victims Justice through an Enhanced Rights’ Protection and Stakeholders Cooperation’ and looks at the stages of criminal proceedings and the rights of victims of crime under the national legislation of Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Sweden. more »
 
Referral Mechanism to Assist Victims of Crime in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases
The Referral Mechanism to Assist Victims of Crime in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases has been published under the initiative ‘Pro Victims Justice through an Enhanced Rights’ Protection and Stakeholders Cooperation’ and looks at legal framework of victim protection on European and national level, the procedures for identifying victims in Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Sweden and the respective indicators. more »
 
Analysis of social orientation in six EU Member States
Experts from six EU Member States – Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece, Austria, Romania and Latvia – led by the Center for the Study of Democracy completed the analysis of the systems of social orientation for non-nationals in the participating countries under the initiative ‘Preventing and Combatting Racism and Xenophobia through Social Orientation of Non-Nationals – RACCOMBAT’. more »
 


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