"Criminal Transitional Justice – From Nurnberg to the Romanian Post-Communism"

The Rule of Law Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung together with the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania are proud to announce the launching of the publication “Transitional Justice. From Nuremberg to the Romanian Post-Communism”, written by Raluca Grosescu and Raluca Ursachi.

Rechtsstaat in Lectures – Lecture No. 3

The “Rule of Law” as a Requirement for Accession to the European Union

The third issue of the Rechtsstaat in Lectures-series describes the concept of the rule of law from a continental, in particular German, legal point of view and examines the basic elements and prerequisites of a state based on the rule of law. The lecture also illustrates the implications by the rule of law on state practice, and uses some examples from Romania in particular, as one of the two European countries which have most recently joined the European Union.

Rechtsstaat in Lectures - Lecture No. 2

The Applicability in Administrative Procedures of the Right of Access to Court

The Applicability in Administrative Procedures of the Right of Access to Court under Article 6 and the Right to an Effective Remedy under Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights - The Case of Bulgaria, is the second lecture published in the in-house series "Rechtsstaat in Lectures". The author of the article, Professor Pieter van Dijk, is President of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State of the Netherlands and Member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice-Commission). He is a former member of the European Court of Human Rights.

What Is Left of the Fight against Corruption in Romania?

A Critical Analysis in Light of the Recent Parliament Elections

December 9 marks the date on which awareness for a global phenomenon is raised world-wide. The talk is about corruption. Corruption undermines the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizes sustainable development and the rule of law (UN Convention against Corruption).

Rechtsstaat in Lectures - Lecture No. 1

The Impact of Accession to the European Union on the Application of the European Convention on Human Rights

The Rule of Law Program South East Europe (RLP SEE) has published the first volume of the new series "Rechtsstaat in Lectures" . The series shall cover the demand for expert analyses on those rule of law topics particularly relevant for the region of South East Europe. Rechtsstaat in Lectures Nr. 1 by Dr. Johan Callewaert deals with the impact of accession to the European Union on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights and the correlation of different national and regional human rights protection systems.

Different Signals for the Opening of Criminal Law Investigation against High-Ranking Politicians

Red Light for Nastase (PSD) and Mitrea (PSD), Green Light for Seres (PC) and Pacuraru (PNL)

On 3rd of September, the Romanian Parliament is going back to work. However, the parliamentarians of the Carpatian country have not been idle during the summer break: the members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate had to decide in extracurricular sessions on 13th and 16th of August, whether they will withdraw the immunity of four current and former ministers, thus enabling criminal law investigation on suspicion of high-ranking corruption.

Rumänien muss sich neues Vertrauen erarbeiten


Interview mit Frau Dr. Stefanie Ricarda Roos, Leiterin des KAS-Rechtsstaatsprogramms / Teil Südosteuropa und Herrn Dr. Holger Dix, Landesbeauftragter der KAS für Rumänien, in der rumänischen Wirtschaftszeitung Debizz über die aktuelle politische Lage in Rumänien, insbesondere die Entwicklungen im Bereich der Korruptionsbekämpfung, und die Arbeit der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung im Rechtsstaatsbereich in Rumänien.

Fight against Corruption – The Problem Child of the Carpatian Country

Also in the second year after EU accession, Romania is only proceeding slowly in the fight against corruption

The topic of „fight against corruption“ has been ruling the public agenda in Romania for several years. Its accession to the European Union (EU) on 1 January 2007 has not changed anything in this respect. To the contrary: since Romania’s EU accession, the fight against corruption has been occupying national and international media, politics, economy, lawyers and civil society to a hitherto unknown extent.

Habemus Ministrum Justitiae!

39 year old business lawyer has been appointed new Minister of Justice in Romania.

In Romania, after almost two months of controversy and tensions between the two heads of the Executive, the Prime-Minister and the President, regarding the person to fill the office of the Minister of Justice, agreement has been reached on the nomination of Cătălin-Marian Predoiu, a commercial lawyer. You find more background information on his nomination in the following report.

The Rights of Suspects/Accused and their Defense in Criminal Proceedings in South East Europe

Volume II - Studies in English translation

On June 30th 2007, the German chairmanship of the European Council ended. One result of the chairmanship in the justice sector is the strengthening of civil rights through a principal discussion on pan-European consistent minimum standards for criminal proceedings. The RLP SEE of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung contributed to this result with a large-scale regional project comprising a comparative law study, a regional experts' conference in Bucharest (Romania), and a round table discussion in Sofia (Bulgaria). Apart from supporting the German chairmanship, the project aimed at establishing a better understanding for the importance of criminal procedural law as a „seismograph of constitution“, in particular for the rights of the suspects, the accused and their defense, and at legally identifying the present situation de iure and de facto of the countries of the region. For this purpose, the RLP SEE assigned renowned criminal procedural law experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia with analyzing the respective national criminal procedural law. The final outcome is a publication which comprises country studies on the rights of the suspects/accused and their defense in criminal procedures. This publication was initially released in 2007 in the languages of origin. Now it has also been translated into English.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

Event Reports

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

Press Review

On a monthly basis the Rule of Law Programme South East Europe publishes a press review collecting selected articles and reports from newspapers and news portals in English and German. Giving our readers an overview over the most important developments, we focus on news reports in the areas of democracy and the rule of law. The press review covers the following ten countries, where we also implement our activities: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Serbia.

Translation of Federal Constitutional Court decisions

In order to strengthen the institutional and judicial cooperation between Germany and the countries of South East Europe, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung considers translations of landmark decision of the Federal Constitutional Court as an important step in the realm of preserving fundamental rights and liberties, safeguarding the constitutional order and applying the rule of law. All decision so far translated can be accessed in several official languages of the countries of South East Europe (PDF file and EPUB).