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(SEMESTER II, 2013)
PhD Ovidiu Predescu
“Transilvania” University, Braşov, Romania
Vice-president of Union of Jurists of Romania
PhD Lecturer Andrei Duu,
Bucharest University, Law faculty
Internal scientific events
• On July 5, 2013, the Union of Jurists of Romania (hereinafter UJR) and the
Ministry of Justice organized a symposium on “The role of the judiciary in the
powers of the State system”. The event was occasioned by the celebration of Justice
Day and was held at the UJR headquarters. The meeting was attended by
magistrates, lawyers, notaries public, legal advisers, bailiffs and personalities of the
public and judicial life.
The event was attended by Mr. Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania.
Dr. Livia Doina Stanciu, President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice,
Ms. Oana Schmidt-Hineal, president of the Superior Council of Magistracy,
Mr. Tiberiu-Mihail Niu, the Romanian Prosecutor-General, Dr. Laura Codrua
Kövesi, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, university
professors Ioan Muraru and Nicolae Popa, the former President of the
Constitutional Court were also present.
The Scientific symposium was opened by Mr. Ioan Chelaru, UJR President,
and Mr. Robert-Marius Cazanciuc, the Minister of Justice.
During the event, speakers referred to the role of the judiciary, stressing the
need to strengthen the independence and equality with the other two powers of
the constitutional state – the legislative and the executive.
• On August 29, 2013, the Committee for Legal Matters, Discipline, and
Immunities of the Chamber of Deputies, in partnership with the Institute for Legal
Research “Academician Andrei Rdulescu” within the Romanian Academy
(hereinafter ICJ) held the national conference on “Lobbying in the European Union
- regulation vs. non-regulation”. The conference took place at the Palace of
Parliament in Bucharest. This scientific event was aimed at analysing lobbying in
Romania in terms of the need for legislative regulation, whereas in the Committee
Law Review vol. III, issue 2, July-December 2013, p. 2-8
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for Legal Matters, Discipline, and Immunities of the Chamber of Deputies two
legislative drafts regulating this activity stand for discussion and enacting.
With reference to the conference topic, the opinions were different. In short,
the following viewpoints were expressed: there is need for lobbying regulation in
order to precisely define lobbying activities, to establish procedures, but also the
responsibility that lies with those who carry out such activities, as well as the
sanctions to be applied against those who break the law etc.; lobbying regulation is
pointless, as self-regulation - consisting of the Code of Ethics of advocacy
practitioners and lobbyists, the Transparency Register in Romania and the Register
of Transparency Supervision Commission in this area - being sufficient, and there
is also the proposal to develop practice guidelines together with the state
authorities; conducting a public consultation on the issue.
As an example of speeches, we mention the following participants’
interventions: Mr. Anghel Tîlvr, Chairman of the Committee for Education,
Science, Youth and Sport of the Chamber of Deputies; Mr. Florin Moiu, Secretary
of State within the Ministry of Justice; Mr. Bogdan Chirioiu, President of the
Competition Council; Mr. Nicolae Turcu, Phd, President of the Private Law
Department within the Legislative Council; Ms. Laura Florea, President of the
Romanian Lobby Registry Association; Mr. Radu Nicosevici, president of the
Advocacy Academy; Mr. Bogdan Hossu, “Cartel Alfa” President; Mr.Ovidiu
Predescu, PhD, UJR Vice President.
The scientific event dedicated to lobbying in Romania was led by Bogdan
Ciuc, PhD Associate Professor, President of the Committee for Legal Matters,
Discipline, and Immunities of the Chamber of Deputies, and by Mr. Mircea Duu,
PhD, ICJ Director
In his end speech of the conference, Mr. Bogdan Ciuc revealed, among other
things, that other events on this topic will also be organized in order to adopt a
clear position on the regulation or non-regulation of lobbying in Romania at the
• During the ICJ and UJR - “The Law” magazines - on October 9, 2013, in the
“I.H. Rdulescu” auditorium of the Romanian Academy Library, took place the
National Conference on “The New Romanian Civil Code two years after its entry
into force. Theoretical and practical issues”.
Through this scientific event attended by both law theorists - academics and
scientists - and practitioners - judges, prosecutors, lawyers, notaries - the
organizers have sought to achieve a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical and
jurisprudential impact of the first two years of implementing the provisions of the
new Civil Code, as well as to formulate proposals de lege ferenda in order to
The papers presented on this occasion have addressed and highlighted
especially the theoretical, practical, applied and methodological aspects both in
civil law and judicial practice related.
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The meeting included a plenary session and afterwards it was carried out into
two parts and 52 scientific papers were presented.
In the opening, Mr. Mircea Duu, PhD, ICJ Director, presented a paper on
“From the New Civil Code to a new doctrine of the Romanian private law”.
Furthermore, Mr. Ioan Chelaru, Dr., UJR president, presented the paper titled “The
New Civil Code between tradition and modernity”. In addition, as senator, he also
talked about the legislative process for enacting the new Civil Code, as well as the
significance of the entry into force of this code for the Romanian legal system and
the rule of law.
The participants were welcomed by Mr. Ionel Haiduc, PhD, the Romanian
Academy President, stressed the importance of organizers’ initiative and revealed
the need for the preparation and publication of new and valuable studies and
remarks on the new Civil Code.
The following personalities presented scientific papers during the plenary
session: Mr. Ion Dogaru, PhD hc., corresponding member of the Romanian
Academy (The Romanian Civil Code in the judicial culture); Ms. Smaranda Angheni,
PhD, Rector of “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest (Criminal provision
challenges in the regulation of the Civil Code); Mr. Şerban Beligrdeanu Dr. hc., Dr.,
[Are we in the Presence of a Contradiction between the “Monistic” Concept of the New
Civil Code, on the one hand, and Art. 2557 par. (2) of the Code, together with the existence
of the legal discipline of the International Trade Law, on the other hand?]; Ms. Marilena
Uliescu, PhD, (Two years after the entry into force of the Civil Code).
The works which, subsequent to the evaluation, have met the scientific and
form-related requirements for the issue were included in the conference volume
sent to the Thomson Reuters academic database, former ISI Proceedings, to be
indexed in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
• Saturday, October 19, 2013, in the Auditorium of the Law Faculty of
“Constantin Brâncuşi” University in Târgu-Jiu was held the scientific colloquium
on Grigore Geamnu (1903-1985) - founding figure of the international law science in
Romania, dedicated to the celebration of 110 years since the birth of the great
Romanian legal practitioner and statesman. Organized by ICJ and the local
university, the event offered the opportunity for a number of papers and
evocations of the work and personality of Professor Geamnu to be presented and
was attended by representatives from local authorities, ICJ, several universities,
and many students, lawyers and magistrates.
In his opening speech, Moise Bojinc, PhD, Rector of “Constantin Brâncuşi”
University in Târgu-Jiu, recalled Professor Grigore Geamnu's links with Gorj
County, reviewed his years of school and university education and revealed his
strong attachment to his native places.
In his paper titled “A founding figure of the science of international law in
Romania”, Mr. Mircea Duu, PhD, ICJ Director, after emphasizing the
fundamentals of the personality and work of the great professor Grigore Geamnu
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- who was his real mentor for him - has revealed that professor Geamnu
contributed greatly to the establishment and affirmation of a Romanian legal
science of public international law in the post-war period.
In turn, Mr. Ion Dogaru, PhD hc., Dr., corresponding member of the Romanian
Academy, wanted to evoke a few moments of the work of the Professor being
honoured on that occasion, moments relating to the later’s office as Dean of Faculty
of Law in Bucharest (1958-1960), his links with the University of Craiova, as well as
his capacity as competent researcher of Nicolae Titulescu’s life and scientific and
Finally, Mr. Sorin Popescu, head of department at the Legislative Council,
direct collaborator of the great professor, presented a moving evocation of
Professor Geamnu’s life, pointed with facts of life and local personalities, scenes
from his public activity and scientific career.
• In the boardroom of the Romanian Academy, on 11 November this year, the
scientific debate on “The timeliness of the European and international criminal law” was
held and it was chaired by Mr. Ovidiu Predescu, PhD., director of “The Law”
magazines. This scientific event was organized by the Centre for European Legal
Studies of the ICJ within the Romanian Academy, the Romanian Association of
Law and European Affairs, UJR and the Romanian Association of Criminal
Sciences. During the debate, papers were presented by Mr. Norel Neagu, Associate
Professor, PhD, (Foundations of the European criminal law) and by Mr. Dnu
Bugnariu, lawyer, (Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters). On this occasion, the
book entitled “European and international criminal law”, written by Florin Radu
Razvan, Dr., was launched. Presentation of this paper was made by Mr. Ovidiu
Predescu, PhD. The debate was attended by academics, researchers and legal
• On November 16, 2013 UJR and the Social Sciences Research Centre of the
Faculty of Law and Administrative Sciences of the “Wallachia” University in
Târgovişte organized the “Innovation and entrepreneurship - legal issues”
symposium. On this occasion Dr. Ioan Chelaru, UJR President and Mr. Ovidiu
Predescu, PhD, UJR Vice President and head of “The Law” magazines gave talks.
During this scientific event held at the International Conference Centre of the
“Wallachia” University, the following university professors presented papers:
Mr. Gheorghe Gheorghiu, PhD Associate Professor (Innovation in Romania);
Mr. Adrian uuianu, PhD Associate Professor (Some aspects of entrepreneurship);
Livia Mocanu, PhD Associate Professor (Strategies to Attract Customers); Mr. Dan op,
PhD Associate Professor (Management Agreement- the way towards business
The aforementioned event included the launch of the following volumes: “The
sources of obligations in the Civil Code (Art. 1164 to 1395). Critical and
comparative analysis of the new regulatory texts” by Mr. Sache Neculaescu, PhD,
C.H. Beck Publishing House, 2013; “Joint ownership” by Mr. Dumitru Lupulescu,
PhD, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2013; “Treaties concluded by Romania
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as the ultimate criterion for assessing its foreign policy (short considerations on
bilateral treaties)” by Mr. Ambassador Ion M. Anghel, PhD, honorary member of
the Academy of Romanian Scientists, Junimea Publishing House, 2013. In
connection with these volumes, Mr. Gheorghe Gheorghiu, PhD Associate
Professor, Mr. Stanciu Crpenaru PhD, Mr. Nicholas Turcu, PhD, and the authors
thereof have taken the floor.
International scientific events
• Between 20-21 of September 2013, the Romanian Academy hosted the
biennial Symposium of the Urban Planning Law International Association.
(A.I.D.R.U.) in Paris, organized in collaboration with ICJ and the Urban Planning
Law Association (A.R.D.U.). The topic of this edition was the legal nature problem
of urban regeneration conceived as the city’s own makeover, in order to limit the
urban broadening and to avoid or reduce agricultural areas and the damage to the
Based on general reports drafted by renowned European experts in the field,
starting from the national reports regarding the situation in this area of 9 countries
(Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and
Spain), discussions were held on the following topics: actors and instruments of
urban regeneration policies, special procedures and the applicable common law,
financing and equipment, sustainable development, heritage and environmental
protection, social dimension, particularly the population relocation.
Along with numerous foreign experts, scientists, university teaching
professionals, lawyers, architects and urban planners of the Romanian research
institutes and universities, representatives of the Ministry of Regional
Development and Public Administration, Bucharest General City Hall, UJR, the
Urban Planning Registry of Romania, the Professional Association of Urban
Planners, etc., attended the event.
Also present were His Excellency, the French Ambassador to Romania,
Mr. Philippe Gustin, Mr. Cristian Hera, Academician, Vice-president of the
Romanian Academy, and Dr. Simona Teodoriu, Secretary of State for the Ministry
Mr. Mircea Duu, PhD, ICJ Director, UJR Vice-president and ARDU President,
Mr. Iulian Matache, State Secretary in the Ministry of Regional Development and
Public Administration, and Professor Jacqueline Morand-Deviller, AIDRU
President took the floor in the opening of the symposium.
It should be noted that this was for the first time such an event was organized
in a country from the Central and Eastern Europe.
• Between 17 - 18 of October 2013, in the “Blue” amphitheatre in the building
of the “Agora” University in Oradea, was held the seventh edition of the
International Law Conference, organized by the Social Sciences Department of the
“Agora” University in partnership with the Northwest “Europe Direct” European
Information Centre, the Euro-regional Centre for preventing and combating
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cross-border crime, as well as the “Jean Monnet” modules: “Free movement of
persons within the European Union” and “Economic and Monetary Union”.
Conference topic was: Perspectives and Challenges in the XXI st century’s law.
This international scientific event was attended by academics from Hungary,
India and Romania. The conference contained five sections, of which those held in
plenary session were chaired by Mr. Ovidiu Predescu, PhD, UJR Vice-president
and head of “The Law” magazines.
The following speakers presented their papers during the plenary meeting:
Mr. Mircea Duu, PhD, I.C.J. Director and UJR Vice-president (Law in the age of
globalization); Mr. Ovidiu Predescu, PhD, (The European Year of Citizens); Mr. Vinod
Madan, PhD, Mr. R.K. Sinha, PhD, both from the Kalasalingam University in India
(Indian rape dynamics in modern society); Mr. Radu Carp, PhD, University of
Bucharest (A comparative analysis of the constitutional revisions and referenda in
Romania between 1923-2013); Ms. Elena-Ana Iancu, PhD, Head of the Social Sciences
Department of the “Agora” University in Oradea (Investigation of crimes against
• The International Conference Centre of the National School of Political and
Administrative Studies in Bucharest hosted between 24 and 25 October 2013 the
SRDE 2013 International Conference – “Current Issues of EU political and legal space”
which, apart from the presentation of scientific papers, also included the release of
the following volumes: “International jurisdiction. Facts and Perspectives”, author
Dr. Raluca Dinu, Adviser to the Legislative Council; “Treaties concluded by
Romania as the ultimate criterion for assessing its foreign policy (short
considerations on bilateral treaties)” and “Quo vadis, Romania (a point of view)”,
author His Excellency Mr. Ambassador Ion M. Anghel, PhD., President of the
Romanian Society of European Law and of the Association of Ambassadors and
Discussions topic covered “The European policies on human rights: European
citizenship – the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights implications on the legal space
in Romania”. The conference was divided into two axes, namely: the 1st axis –
“European policies, strategies and standards” and the 2nd axis – “The
implementation of European law and public administration”.
Paper presentation and discussions were made by academic and judicial life
personalities, such as: Mr. Ion M. Anghel, PhD, His Excellency Mr. Ambassador
Ion Diaconu, Ms. Nicoleta Diaconu, PhD., Mr. Augustin Fuerea, PhD,
Ms. Constana Mtuşescu, Associate Professor, Ms. Felicia Maxim, Associate
Professor, PhD, Mr. Adrian Crciunescu, Associate Professor, PhD, Ms. Benonica
Vasilescu, Associate Professor, PhD, Mr. Cezar Corneliu Manda, PhD Lecturer et
The two-day event was attended by over 140 people from the legal matters
area, and from public administration, as well. Welcoming remarks were received
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from representatives of the Academy of Romanian Scientists, the EU Court, the
Presidential Administration, the Academy of Sciences in Moldova, “Constantin
Stere” European Political and Economic Studies University of Chişinu, ICJ,
“León” University in Spain, “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest, “Dimitrie
Cantemir” University of Bucharest, “Wallachia” University of Târgovişte, and
representatives of the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in