Dimitar Markov

Senior Analyst and Project Director, Law Program

E-mail Dimitar Markov at: dimitar.markov(at)online(dot)bg ll Hi-res Photo


Master’s Degree in Law, specialization in Administration of Justice, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia


Dimitar Markov works in the fields of human rights, criminal law and judicial reform. He has assisted CSD’s task force on introducing the ombudsman institution to Bulgaria doing research on the foreign and international legislation in this area and coordinating the web-based Ombudsman Information Network launched in 2002. He is member of CSD’s task forces on electronic signature and on registration reform and has worked on the Law on the Electronic Document and the Electronic Signature, the Law on the Commercial Register and legal commentaries on the two laws. In the field of judicial reform, Dimitar Markov has assisted the development of the Program for Judicial Reform (1999) and the Judicial Anti-Corruption Program (2003). He is involved in the research on the use of information technologies for judicial case management and in the elaboration of indicators for measuring public confidence in criminal justice. He has also done studies on the legal framework of cybercrime, the protection of victims’ rights and the fight against organized crime and corruption. Dimitar Markov is coordinating the work of CSD as a national focal point for Bulgaria of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s research network, previously known as the Racism and Discrimination Network (RAXEN) and currently operating under the name of FRANET. He is also responsible for the contributions of CSD as a member of the Rights, Equality and Diversity Network (RED Network). In the field of prisons and prisoners’ rights Dimitar Markov has done research on the treatment of vulnerable groups of prisoners, alternatives to imprisonment and the situation of drug users in prison. He has also coordinated the development of the Prison Conditions Monitoring Index (PCMI) – a system of indicators for assessing the conditions in penitentiary facilities.

Research Focus

Criminal law and procedure, human rights, judicial reform, cybercrime, prisons, legal framework of information technologies and cybercrime.

Selected Publications

Prison Conditions Monitoring Index: Methodology and Pilot Results, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2015

Vulnerable Groups of Prisoners: A Handbook, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2015

Drug Policy and Drug Legislation in South East Europe, Diogenis Association, 2015

The Role of International Assistance for Building the Capacity of National Law Enforcement Institutions: Lessons Learned from the Bulgarian Experience, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2013

Right of Defence and the Principle of Equality of Arms in the Criminal Procedure in Bulgaria, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012

Countering Organized Crime in Bulgaria: Study on the Legal Framework, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012

Penitentiary Policy and System in the Republic of Bulgaria (co-editor), Center for the Study of Democracy, 2011

The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Three Years Later: What Has Been Done and What Is Yet to Come, Bulgaria Reports 1/2010, Friedrich Ebert Foundation – Office Bulgaria, 2010

Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy Assessment (co-editor), European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), 2009

Distinction of the Terms Advocacy, Lobbying and Corruption in Bulgaria. In: Lobbying and Lobbying Practices, Economic Policy Institute, 2007

Reinforcing Criminal Justice in Border Districts (co-author), Center for the Study of Democracy, 2007

Commentary on the Law on the Commercial Registry (co-author), Center for the Study of Democracy, 2007

Analysis of the Legal Framework and the Current Status of the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Fight against Computer Crime in Bulgaria (co-author), Law and Internet Foundation / Center for Law of the Information and Communication Technologies, 2007

Judicial Reform: The Prosecution Office and the Investigation Authorities in the Context of EU Membership (co-editor), Center for the Study of Democracy, 2005

The Courts, Prosecution and Investigation in the EU Member States and Accession Countries ( co-author ), Center for the Study of Democracy, 2005

Legal Framework of Computer Crimes in Bulgaria. In: Electronic Document and Electronic Signature. Legal Framework, Center for the Study of Democracy / Ciela Publishing Company, 2004

Electronic Document and Electronic Signature. Legal Framework (co-author), Center for the Study of Democracy / Ciela Publishing Company, 2004

Municipalities and Active Employment Policy in Bulgaria. In: European Practices for Employment Creation at Local Level: How to Benefit from the European Experience with Local Employment Initiatives. Handbook – Economic Policy Institute, 2002

Illegal Trafficking in Bulgaria. In: Preparation for EU Accession. Second International Summer Seminar for Bulgarian and Romanian Young Public Servants. Discussion Papers – Economic Policy Institute, 2001


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