Miriana Ilcheva

Senior Analyst, Law Program

Email Miriana Ilcheva at: miriana.ilcheva(at)online(dot)bg ll Hi-res Photo


Master's Degree in Law, specializations in Administration of Justice and Public Administration, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia

LLM in International Humanitarian Law, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva


Miriana Ilcheva works on the Law Program’s key projects, related to criminal justice and fundamental rights. She has worked on the needs assessment for indicators of public confidence in justice and on cybercrime as a form of ‘new European’ crime within projects under the Seventh Framework Programme. In 2008-2011 she took an active part in drafting the report on the legislation, policies, practices and approaches of EU Member States related to victims of crimeand in preparing factsheets on the rights of victims of crime in EU Member States. Miriana Ilcheva participates in the efforts for introducing e-tools for management of criminal cases. She has researched and published on the role of NGOs in supporting vulnerable groups, on the protection of witnesses, on the rights of children victims of trafficking and on victims of domestic violence. Before joining CSD, she worked for the Criminal Law Reform Program in the Sofia office of the American Bar Association/Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, where she contributed to the institutional capacity building of criminal justice authorities, as well as to various legislative working groups.

Research Focus

Criminal justice, human rights, protection of vulnerable groups

Selected publications 

Supporting Vulnerable Groups before the State: The Role of Civil Society Organisations Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2015 (co-author)

 Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of fight against оrganised crime: the effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime, Final Report , Brussels, European Commission, 2015 (co-author)

Report and factsheets on prevalence of cybercrimes and related enforcement activity в: FIDUCIA – New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy, Volume 2, 2014 (co-author)

Mapping the Legislation and Assessing the Impact of Protection Orders in the European Member States (POEMS), Bulgarian national report, 2013

Assisting and Reintegrating Child Victims of Trafficking in Bulgaria: Legal, Institutional and Policy Framework. Sofia , Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012

Right of Defence and the Principle of Equality of Arms in the Criminal Procedure in Bulgaria, Sofia, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012 (co-author)

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

Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrime, Sibi Publishing House, 2006 (editor)

Ethics Codes in the Criminal Justice System, Sibi Publishing House, 2004 (еditor and co-author of preface)


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