Laura Ștefan

ro_RO Română · LinkedIn · Facebook ·

Anti-corruption expert, former director in the Romanian Ministry of Justice, international expert on rule of law with the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Laura graduated from the Bucharest School of Law and the Master program of the Cambridge University. Since 2011 she has been member of the Expert Group on Corruption.

Between 2005 and 2007 she was director within the Ministry of Justice and was responsible for anti-corruption policies. She elaborated and supported the adoption of the anti-corruption legislation, elaborate programs for civic awareness and worked to reform the Public prosecutors’ office.

In 2015 she received the title of Brave Woman of the Year from the US Embassy in Bucharest and a fellowship from the Eisenhower Foundation, which included a two month visit in the US.

En Roumanie, des livres bidons pour sortir de prison

En 2013, en Roumanie, quatorze ouvrages et articles scientifiques ont été publiés par des détenus. En 2014, ce chiffre est passé à 89. En 2015, à 338… Un intérêt spontané pour la science dans les prisons roumaines ? Plutôt un filon pour ceux qui ont du mal à supporter leur séjour derrière les barreaux : depuis 2013, ···

Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s crackdown on corruption and fraud in recent years has created a sudden and unexpected literary boom, as prisoners publish hundreds of non-fiction books on subjects as varied as soccer, real estate, God and gemstones. It’s quite a feat for inmates with no access to books or the Internet, often without ···

Romania confronts communist past in trial of prison camp chief

The hearing only lasted an hour. The defendant was a frail old man in a hat. The atmosphere was subdued, the legal procedure perfunctory. But in a packed courtroom in Bucharest, Romania finally took steps on Wednesday to come to terms with the brutality of its communist past. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the ···

Changes in Romania’s criminal law alarm civil society

The European Commission and Romania’s civil society are critical of a series of amendments to the Criminal Law that decriminalise political corruption and free high-ranking officials from possible corruption charges. On December 10th, Romanian lawmakers secretly passed a series of amendments that take lawmakers, the president of the country and the liberal professions, such as ···

In Trial, Romania Warily Revisits a Brutal Past

BUCHAREST, Romania — Remembered as a brutal sadist by inmates who managed to survive the prisons he once ran, Alexandru Visinescu bubbles with violent fury. “Get away from my door, or do you want me to get a stick and beat you?” the 88-year-old former prison commander screamed recently when a reporter called at his ···

The Statute of MPs – Easier to Bury a Case

The amendments to the law on the status of parliamentarians are very dangerous. Approved overnight without any public consultation, they would make it easier to stop investigations on ministers and former ministers and to deny the requests for arrest, detention and search on MPs at the Committee, Laura Stefan warns in our latest Policy Brief. ···