Moldova Background

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched its programs in Moldova in 1993 with the placement of a rule of law liaison in the capital, Chisinau, and continues to implement a criminal law reform program that began in 1999. ABA ROLI has since helped with establishing nongovernmental organizations (NGO) that have enhanced the skills of Moldova’s legal professionals and increased the scope and quality of justice available to the public. ABA ROLI’s programs have supported student legal clinics, a traveling-lawyer program and specialized pro bono legal services. ABA ROLI also utilizes a variety of methods — such as training of trainers, practical skills trainings and monthly lectures — to strengthen the capacities of both lawyers and legal institutions in the country. In 2014, ABA ROLI began a new initiative, working hand-in-hand with the Moldovan Prosecutorial Service to comprehensively develop managerial capacity at all institutional levels. In 2013-15, ABA ROLI conducted a successful capacity building program in Moldovan civil society to advocate for the protection of rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and (LGBT) individuals.