Conference on ”e-Justice – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Era”, May 20th-21st, 2019

In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,  the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the European Commission organised the Conference ”e-Justice – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Era”, between May 20th-21st, 2019, in Bucharest.

The conference addressed IT specialists, practitioners and decision-makers within the judicial systems and proposed to provide a forum to discuss the importance of using new technologies in the field of justice (eg artificial intelligence, Blockchain, process automation, etc.), while aiming at encouraging participants to reflect both on the opportunities and the challenges posed by the rapid pace of technological progress as well as on the philosophical and ethical aspects generated by the implementation of such instruments in the field of justice.

At the opening of the session, Mr. Ion Popa, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice emphasized that ”the continuous development and improvement of the informatic tools which are at the disposal of the judges and the justice are a sine-qua-non condition of the evolution of a judicial system. Furthermore, in our situation of the Member States, we consider that we must pay particular attention to facilitating European cross-border cooperation with the technology”.

The continuation of the commitments of the last decade, redeemed - concretely - by the projects foreseen in the Strategy and the Action Plan, proves, on one hand, that the e-Justice of Europe works both for the benefit of the citizens and for the benefit of the actors/professionals involved in the judicial procedures, improving access to justice and enhancing mutual trust between the Member States of the European Union, on the other.

The focus of the conference was to encourage participants to reflect on the opportunities and challenges posed by the rapid pace of technological progress as well as on the philosophical and ethical aspects of the implementation of such instruments in the field of justice.

Romania encourages the use of modern technologies - such as automatic machine learning, artificial intelligence - to support the work of judicial systems and is equally concerned with providing the necessary legal framework for their use.

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The meeting of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, with Mr. Azman Bin Ali, deputy director of the Prison Simpang Renggam, Malaysia

Between 1st and 4th of April, 2019, in Sinaia, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, organizes the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

On this occasion, on April 2nd, 2019, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with Mr. Azman Bin Ali, deputy director of the Prison Simpang Renggam, Malaysia.

Mainly, the discussions concentrated on the topics of mutual interest for the correctional services in both countries.

The meeting represented a continuation of the steps taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice in the context of the visit from December 2017, context which marked the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia regarding juridical cooperation. The Memorandum provide different form of cooperation, such as: legislation, good practices and experience exchanges on topics of mutual interest, mutual visits of representatives from both countries judiciary systems, the promotion of programs and projects of mutual cooperation in justice matters. The signing of the Memorandum had an important role towards the progress of negotiations regarding the transfer of inmates in Romania.

During the aforementioned visit in Malaysia in December 2017, The Romanian Minister of Justice visited the Prisons Bentong and Simpang Rengam, in which three Romanian citizens were imprisoned and facing a death penalty.

After the visit of the Romanian Minister of Justice and the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia, significant changes for the good were made for the Romanian citizens imprisoned in the two prisons, especially the regime of the serving of their sentences. In March 2019, one of the Romanian citizens, Laurențiu Marian Peity had his sentences commuted from the death penalty to life imprisonment.

The meeting represented a great opportunity for sharing the best practices in judicial matters and for the consolidation of collaboration relations, by providing continuity for the steps already taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice.

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The participation of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, at the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”

In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Administration of Penitentiaries organized, in Sinaia, on April 1-4, 2019, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, the the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

The Conference is addressed to general directors of correctional services in Europe, but representatives of the Council of Europe from countries outside the European Union also attend the working sessions.

For every member state, the radicalization problem represents a priority. The radicalization of European citizens poses a real threat for the European Union, member states and neighboring countries, strengthened rules and common actions being necessary.

Another important subject that was discussed during the working sessions is represented by the overcrowding in prisons, a factor that affects the social reintegration of inmates. This issue was also raised by the European Parliament, being stated that the member states should quicken the reduction of overcrowding and the prevention of radicalization.

In this context, during the opening speech, the Romanian Minister of Justice emphasized: “This event represents an opportunity to share the best practices on those topics with the representatives of other states and to find the best solutions in order to prevent and stop the radicalization phenomenon and to reduce the overcrowding in prisons.”

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The meeting of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, with Her Excellency Mrs. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania

In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Administration of Penitentiaries organize, in Sinaia, on April 1-4, 2019, the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

During this event, on April 2nd, 2019, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with Her Excellency Mrs. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania.

During the meeting, topics regarding the current state of mutual cooperation in justice matters and the collaboration within the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, Justice Programme, were discussed.

Both officials expressed their commitment for the maintaining of a great collaboration relationship in justice matters between Romania and the Kingdom of Norway.

The meeting represented a great opportunity for the consolidation of bilateral relations that exist between the two states.

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The National Conference on Social Assistance in Penitentiaries – The participation of Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice

The Psychosocial Assistance Service of the Iasi Penitenciary, in partnership with the Sociology and Social Assistance Department, Faculty of Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences, University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” from Iasi, organized the first edition of the National Conference on Social Assistance in Penitentiaries, on March 14-16, 2019, in Iasi.

The Conference had the role to respond to the needs of continuous professional training of specialists that are involved in the process of social reintegration of inmates. The conference was attended by specialists and practitioners from the National Administration of Penitentiaries, lectors from the Universities of Iasi, Cluj, Bucharest, Timisoara, Romanian Academy members, representatives of the Municipality and the Iași County Council, numerous public institutions and NGOs, as well as distinguished guests from the Kingdom of Sweden, from Republic of Moldova and from the Italian Republic.

During the Conference sessions, topics regarding the origins and typology of criminal behaviors, theoretical and practical elements regarding the role of social assistance for the social reinsertion of inmates, the mechanism and the importance of the institutional cooperation in the process of social reinsertion and the prevention of reoffending were discussed.

In this context, Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, emphasized the importance and the role of interinstitutional cooperation in view of the successive phases of the social reintegration process, as they are mentioned in the National Strategy for the social reintegration of inmates.

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