|Conferring Awards on the Occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the Ministry of Justice
On 13 July 2009, on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice, Minister Miglena Tacheva conferred awards - commemorative plaques, orders and honorary insignia - to over 80 Bulgarian statespersons, magistrates, employees of the Ministry of Justice, non-governmental organisations and journalists. more »
EU Fundamental Rights Agency presents report on child trafficking in the EU:
EU must do more to fight child trafficking
On 7 July 2009, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) released a new report on 'The role of the European Union in the fight against child trafficking'.
Many children fall victim to trafficking every year. There are extremely low numbers of convictions in child trafficking cases. Overall, the report finds that the EU must do more to address the issue. The FRA calls for better legislation to combat child trafficking. The protection and care for victims, in particular, must be improved. more »
International conference: Justice in the Digital Era
CSD Law Program Senior Analyst Mr. Dimitar Markov was among the speakers at the international conference Justice in the Digital Era held in Sofia on 2-3 April 2009. The event, organized by Law and Internet Foundation in cooperation with Technologies and Internet Association (Romania), Center for Information Technologies and Law of the University of Bristol (UK), and DFLabs (Italy), was aimed at strengthening the capacity of Bulgarian and Romanian magistrates to investigate, prosecute and produce judgments in cases involving cyber crime. more »
Public Discussion on Indicators of Public Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment
On 24 March 2009 at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) the Center for the Study of Democracy held a public discussion on indicators of public confidence in justice as tools for policy assessment. The discussion took place as part of the international scientific conference within the framework of the project Scientific Indicators of Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment (JUSTIS) (http://www.eurojustis.eu/), which the Center hosted on 24-25 March 2009.
Scientific Indicators of Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment (JUSTIS) – International Conference
On 24-25 March 2009 the Center for the Study for Democracy hosted an international conference within the framework of the project Scientific Indicators of Confidence in Justice: Tools for Policy Assessment (JUSTIS) (http://www.eurojustis.eu/). The project is co-financed by the European Community’s FP7 2007-2013 and under it the Center partners with 8 other academic and research institutions from the UK, France, Lithuania, Hungary, Finland and Italy. The conference gathered representatives of the partner institutions, as well as members of the JUSTIS External Expert Group and other prominent criminologists. more »
Presentation of analysis of the legal framework of local public mediators and recommendations for its improvement
Following up on its long-lasting efforts to establish and strengthen the ombudsman institution on national and local level in Bulgaria, the CSD Law Program prepared a study on the legal framework governing the activities of the local public mediators and recommendations for its improvement. The report was presented by the Law Program Assistant Ms. Galina Sapundjieva on 20 February 2009 at a workshop attended by the national ombudsman and local public mediators from throughout the country.
Open discussion: The National Assembly – a Guarantee for a Responsible State
On 15 October 2008 the Center for the Study of Democracy together with the Bulgarian National Assembly organized an open discussion entitled The National Assembly – a Guarantee for a Responsible State. Members of Parliament, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, Constitutional Court justices and members of the Supreme Judicial Council, academics, representative of non-governmental organizations and journalists attended the meeting.
Seminar on Public-Private Partnerships in the Area of Safer Internet Use
On 16 July 2008 the Center for the Study of Democracy, together with the Consultative Council with the Committee on EU Matters of the Bulgarian National Assembly, held a seminar, entitled Public-Private Partnerships in the Area of Justice, Freedom and Security: the New EU Programme on Safer Use of the Internet with an audience of Members of Parliament, representatives of governmental institutions, NGO’s and experts. more »
EU proposes protection from discrimination beyond the workplace
The Commission has today adopted a proposal for a directive which provides for protection from discrimination on grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief beyond the workplace. This new directive would ensure equal treatment in the areas of social protection, including social security and health care, education and access to and supply of goods and services which are commercially available to the public, including housing. Eurobarometer surveys show that a large majority of Europeans support such legislation: 77% back measures to protect people from discrimination in education and 68% in access to goods and services. more »
Wider powers and greater measures needed to tackle homophobia
Equal protection by EU anti-discrimination law remains an ideal not a fact for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (LGBT) living in many parts of the European Union (EU). Greater legislative protection and wider support within the EU is required. more »
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