After Romania joined the European Union in 2007, wide-reaching reforms were implemented to the country’s civil, criminal and commercial legal codes. While acknowledging positive development in the judicial sector, concerns remain over the lack of predictability of judicial decisions, including contradictory judgements and inconsistency in the administration of justice.
In partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), IDLO is implementing a project that aims to improve the investment climate in Romania by building judicial capacity in commercial cases and increasing the uniformity of judicial practice. Under the project, IDLO will develop training to build judicial knowledge of commercial mediation as an alternative to in-court dispute resolution. It will also seek to combat economic and financial crime by enhancing judges’ understanding of national and international legislation on money laundering and asset recovery.