Through past and current programming, ABA ROLI has sought to build stronger institutions, train local change makers to more effectively uphold the rule of law, and provide essential access to justice for vulnerable citizens. Among the most notable accomplishments in Moldova:
ABA ROLI supported the Ministry of Justice to implement the country’s 2011-2016 Strategy for Judicial Sector Reform and Action Plan,
ABA ROLI assisted in the development of the Strategic Development Plan (2016-2020) for the Prosecution Service (PS), which enhanced the PS’s capacity to design and implement reform initiatives.
ABA ROLI has provided support to Moldova’s Prosecutor General Office (PGO) in undertaking significant internal reforms. This has led to engagement with leadership in a strategic development process. The work resulted in a comprehensive management and leadership training course institutionalized by the National Institute of Justice that was made available to chief prosecutors and deputy chief prosecutors. ABA ROLI’s programs have supported student legal clinics, a traveling-lawyer program, and specialized pro bono legal services.
ABA ROLI provides ongoing technical assistance and training to Moldovan anti-corruption agencies and their staff.
ABA ROLI supported the establishment of the Lawyers’ Training Center as part of the Union of Lawyers (Moldovan Bar Association) and assisted with the implementation of the initial training curriculum for legal apprentices.
Through training and professional development initiatives of young legal professionals, ABA ROLI contributed to the creation in 2019 of three new professional associations— Association of Prosecutors for Order and Justice and Association of Judges “Voice of Justice, and Association of Female Prosecutors in 2022.”
ABA ROLI facilitated the participation of Moldovan public and private universities in Jessup national competitions in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and the highest-ranking Moldovan team in the International Round (2022) and Global Round (2021) of the Jessup Competition ABA ROLI also provided technical support to develop the capacity of law schools to prepare and coach teams of law students in the moot court competition, thus reaching more than 800 students from nine universities.
ABA ROLI supported the Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) global consortium funded by the U.S. State Department Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) to advance the status of women and girls. The Moldova initiative ran from 2020-2023 was a multi-disciplinary program aimed at building and supporting an alliance of women’s organizations to improve the enabling environment for Moldovan women engaged in economic activity.