Transposing the Istanbul Convention Preventions into Romanian Legislation. Good Practice Examples in the Implementation of Public Policies in the DV and EO Field

Author:Calin Stanciu
Position:PhD in progress, University of Bucharest, Romania
Pages:458-462
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives. Proceedings 2020
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Transposing the Istanbul Convention Preventions into Romanian
Legislation. Good Practice Examples in the Implementation of Public
Policies in the DV and EO Field
Calin Stanciu1
Abstract: The Istanbul Convention represents an illustrative international treaty for human rights with its main
purpose of protecting women against all kinds of violence. Through its provisions, the convention contributes
to elimination of all forms of discrimination and promotion of equal opportunities between women and men by
empowering women. The Istanbul Convention is a mixed act (shared policies), which means that a part of its
provisions is of national competence and others are of EU competence. Our objective is t o emphasize the
measures Romania has taken in t he process of harmonizing the national legislation with the Convention
provisions, especially by underlining the examples of good practice of this activity, the results of which are
recognized at an international level.
Keywords: domestic violence; Empowerment; shared policies
Introduction
The Istanbul Convention represents an illustrative international treaty for human rights, its main purpose
is to protect women against all kinds of violence, as well as prevent, prosecute and eliminate domestic
violence. The convention, by its provisions, contributes to eliminating all forms of discrimination and
promoting equal opportunities between women and men by empowering women. 2 The Istanbul
Convention is a mixed act (meaning shared policies), which means that a part of its provisions is of
national competence and others are of EU competence.3
Our objective is to emphasize the measures Romania has taken4 in the process of harmonizing the
national legislation with the Convention provisions, especially by underlining the examples of good
practice of this activity, the results of which are recognized at an international level. The present article
is the first synthesis written with accuracy with regard to the effects of the Istanbul Convention in the
signatory countries, especially in Romania. This synthesis can, and must be presented to the academic
1 PhD in progress, University of Bucharest, Romania, Address: 4-12 Regina Elisabeta Blvd, Bucharest 030018, Romania,
Corresponding author: calin.alexandru.stanciu@gmail.com.
2 Empowerment is a set of measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in
communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own
authority. It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's
rights.
3 European Commission, “Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion, by the European Union, of the Council of Europe
Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence” COM (2016) 109 final, 7 point 2.1.
4 On 23 May 2016 Romania has ratifies the Istanbul Convention which entered into force on the 1rst of September 2016.

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