December 01, 2011

Criminal Law Encyclopedia Published in Moldova

December, 2011 

While Moldova amended its Criminal Code in 2009, legal professionals did not have a resource providing comprehensive analysis of the updated code. To fill this gap and to help enhance legal professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the code, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) supported the publication of a criminal law encyclopedia. Professors Sergiu Brinza and Vitalie Stati—who are also practicing attorneys—wrote the reference.

Released in November, the publication contains an in-depth analysis of each crime in the Criminal Code and relevant judicial practice. It includes recommendations on how practitioners can correctly apply the code’s provisions and on how they can avoid criminal-trial mistakes. In addition to examining current crime-classification rules, the authors suggest some amendments to improve existing legislation. ABA ROLI distributed 1,000 copies of the reference, including to more than 85% of Moldova’s judges, to more than 50% of the country’s prosecutors and to about 10% of its defense attorneys.

Supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, ABA ROLI also trains Moldova’s criminal defense attorneys in practical legal skills and human rights, supports legislative reforms and works to develop the capacity of legal institutions and organizations.

To learn more about our work in Moldova, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at