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Scientific Committee

Local Committee

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Prof. Valerian Cioclei, PhD

Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, teaches Criminology and Criminal Law. Special Part. He is a former prosecutor and was member of the commission who drafted the Romanian Criminal Code into force since 2014. He is habilitated to conduct thesis in criminology. His research focuses on etiological criminology, criminal justice policy-making and corruption offences.

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Prof. Cristina Rotaru-Radu, PhD

Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, teaches Criminology and Criminal Law. Special Part. She is a judge within the High Court of Cassation and Justice – Criminal Chamber, currently appointed for 3 years as Director of the Romanian National Institute of Magistracy. Her research focuses on punishment and justifications of Penalties.

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Assoc. Prof. Andra-Roxana Trandafir, PhD

Is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Law and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest. She is the co-chair of the Working group on Balkan Criminology of the ESC and also part of the network established by the Max Planck Partner Group (MPPG) for Balkan Criminology together with the University of Zagreb, acting as Editor-in-Chief of the MPPG Newsletter.

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Assoc. Prof. Daniela Deteseanu, PhD

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, is specialized in International Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, and member of European Society of International Law and International Association of Penal Law. Her research

activities include the study of international crimes.

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Assoc. Prof. Ioan Durnescu, PhD

Faculty of Sociology, University of Bucharest and member of the ESC has an international reputation as a leading academic on the subject of desistance. He is editor of the European Journal of Probation and has advised the Romanian Parliament on prison and probation policy. He has undertaken developmental work in several countries, incorporating desistance theories into training and work with policy makers and practitioners.

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Prof. Sergiu Bogdan, PhD

Faculty of Law, University Babeș Bolyai of Cluj- Napoca teaches Criminology and Criminal Law. Special Part. He is member of the Cluj Bar, representing clients in business criminal law cases. He is also member of the ECPI European Criminal Law Initiative. He authored several books and articles and his research focuses on white collar crime and corruption.

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Assoc. Prof. Daniel Nitu, PhD

Faculty of Law, University Babeș Bolyai of Cluj- Napoca, teaches Criminal Law, General Part, European and International Criminal Law and Execution of Criminal Sanctions. He is a member of the Cluj Bar, as well as the European Criminal Law Academic Network, the International Association of Criminal Law and the Romanian Association of Criminal Law. His research focuses on new trends of the Romanian Criminal legislation in the field of execution of criminal sanctions and on European Criminal Law, in the matter of cooperation in criminal matters.

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Assoc. Prof. Flaviu Ciopec, PhD

Faculty of Law, West University of Timișoara, teaches Criminal Procedure Law and Criminology. He is member of ECLAN, ECBA and EFCL and fellow of Max Planck Institute for the study of Crime, Security and Law (2015-2016). He is the co-editor of Eastern-European Journal of Criminal Law and co-authored the Romanian Reports on the judgments in absentia in criminal trial (Springer, 2019) and on victims and victimology (Duncker & Humblot, 2020). As national expert, he elaborated the Romanian completeness and conformity study on the transposition of several EU Directives  (Directive 2012/29, Directive 2016/343, Directive 2016/1919, Directive 2016/800, Directive 2019/1937, Directive 2018/1808).

International Advisory Board


Prof. Anna-Maria Getos Kalac, PhD

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb (Croatia). Full Professor of Criminal (Procedural) Law, Criminology and Victimology, she leads the Department of Criminal Law. She thus lectures as
Professeur Invité at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and at Sciences Po in Paris (France).
Besides teaching criminology (with basics of criminal law), victimology, penology, introduction to law etc., she has been heavily involved in comparative research on topics such as violence, terrorism, organised crime, THB and crime statistics. Prof. Kalac thus heads the Balkan Criminology Network and has founded the Zagreb-based Violence Research Lab.


Prof. Wim Huisman, PhD

Is professor of criminology and director of the School of Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands) which offers undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs in Criminology. He is also past-president of the Netherlands Society of Criminology. The research focus of Wim Huisman is on white-collar crime, corporate crime, fraud and corruption. Wim Huisman is founder and board member of the European Working Group on Organizational Crime (EUROC) of the ESC, editor of the Routledge Handbook on White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Europe and co-editor in chief of Crime, Law and Social Change.


Prof. Michael Kilchling, PhD

Senior researcher, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Department of Criminology, Freiburg, Germany is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Freiburg covering the areas of criminology, penology, prison law, and juvenile justice law. His main research interests include penal sanctions and sanctioning systems, victimology, victim/offender mediation and other forms ofrestorative justice, juvenile justice, organized crime, money laundering and the financing of terrorism, confiscation and asset recovery.


Prof. Lieven J.R. Pauwels, PhD

Is Professor of Criminology at Ghent University (Belgium). He has been involved in (comparative) studies on neighborhood effects, (moral) norms and emotions, self-control and rule-breaking / (criminal) decision-making, and is interested in measurement issues in survey research and integrated crime prevention. He was the organizer of the 19th ESC conference. 


Prof. Christophe Vandeviver, PhD

Is a Research Professor in criminology at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Ghent University, and an International Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). He is an elected Fellow of the Young Academy of Belgium. He is also chair of the European Society of Criminology’s working group on Space, Place and Crime (WG-PLACE).

His research expertise is in spatial and temporal dimensions of crime and crime control, offender
behavior, and sexual violence victimization. He is passionate about applying cutting-edge
technologies in his research.


Assist. Prof. Reana Bezić, PhD

Is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Victimology at Zagreb University's Faculty of Law (Croatia). Besides teaching criminology (with basics of criminal law), victimology, juvenile criminal law etc., she has been heavily involved in comparative research on topics such as juvenile delinquency, violence, and crime statistics. Assist. Prof. Bezić thus heads the Croatian Violence research Lab project from June 2021. She earned her PhD at the University of Freiburg’s Faculty of Law in coop. with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg (MPICC), Germany.

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