The faculty of Law of USPEE “C. Stere” was founded and licensed in 2009, authorized for studies of Cycle I and II (Bachelor and Master) with several academic programs: Business Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Public Law, Civil Law, Customs Law.
The first dean of the faculty was Mrs. Raisa Grecu, (2009-2014), diplomat, lawyer, professor. Raisa Grecu has studied law at the Faculty of Law, at Moldova State University, doctoral studies at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Lomonosov University, Moscow. Currently she holds the title of PhD in law, associate professor.
During her professional activity, Raisa Grecu served as Vice-Consul, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Austria, Head of the Moldovan Government Delegation to the OSCE.
Under the effective leadership of Mrs. Raisa Grecu, the Faculty of Law obtained the first successes, international accreditations of the commissions: ARACIS (Romania), Higher Education Assessment Council EKKA (Estonia).
Between 2014 and 2016 the position of dean of the faculty was exercised by Iurie Mihalache, PhD, Associate professor.
At present, there are two departments in the faculty: Department of Public Law (head: Tudor Popovici, PhD, Associate Professor) and the Department of Private Law, (head: Eugenia Cojocaru, PhD, associate professor). The field of training is current and perspective. It is about the first cycle, a Bachelor’s degree, Law, a second cycle, a Master’s degree, Public Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Civil Law, Labor Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Customs law and activity, Business Law, Judicial Expertise and Production Certification, cycle III, doctorate.
By ANACIP Decision no. 34-CC of 12.10.2015 it was authorized the Doctoral School in Law, Political and Administrative Sciences, of the consortium of educational institutions Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova and University of European Political and Economic Studies “Constantin Stere”, for organizing doctoral programs in Scientific specialties:
- 01. General theory of law,
- 01. Constitutional right,
- 02. Administrative law,
- 03. Financial law (banking, tax, customs),
- 04. Land and environmental law,
- 05. Information law,
- 06. Law of science, education and culture,
- 07. Contravention Law,
- 01. Civil law,
- 02. Business law,
- 03. Civil proceedings law,
- 04. Family law,
- 05. Law of labor and social protection,
- 06. International and European Private Law,
- 01. Penal Law and Criminal Execution,
- 02. Criminology,
- 03. Criminal Procedural Law,
- 04. Criminalistics, judicial expertise, operative investigations,
- 552’08 International and European public law,
- 01. Theory, Methodology of Political Science; Institutions and political processes,
- 01. The theory and methodology of international relations and diplomacy,
- 01. Theory, methodology of public administration,
- 02. Organization and management of public administration institutions; public services.
The evolution of the Faculty of Law can be synthesized through several key elements: culture of quality, performance, efficiency, competitiveness. It is one of the most requested faculties of USPEE “C. Stere “, since the benefits of university education are of the highest quality: remarkable teachers, professionals, personalities of the Republic of Moldova, law researchers, and also vocation teachers. We nominate only a few notorious names: Gheorghe Avornic, PhD, Univ. prof., President of the Union of Moldovan lawyers, member of the Superior Council of Magistracy, vice-president of the International Union of Lawyers, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Organization of Public Law; Raisa Grecu, PhD, Assistant Professor; Eugenia Cojocari, PhD, professor; Nicolae Osmochescu, PhD, Univ. Prof., Dumitru Postovan, PhD, Associate professor, president of the International Commercial Arbitration, Veaceslav Zaporojan, PhD, Associate professor, judge at the Constitutional Court, Pavel Midrigan, PhD, Associate professor, Chairman of the Notary Public Licensing Commission, arbitrator of the Economic Arbitration Court, former member of the Central Electoral Commission, Crijanovschii Sergiu, PhD, Associate professor, Prosecutor, General Prosecutor’s office, and others.
The professors of Law faculty Gheorghe Avornic, Grecu Raisa, Cojocari Eugenia, are fully involved in the scientific activity of the University and the academic community in the republic, acting as experts at the CNAA. Valentina Coptileţ and Gheorghe Avornic are trained as evaluators of ANACIP.
In 2016, by the decision No. AT-2/4.8 of April 21 of CNAA, the Interuniversity Specialized Interdisciplinary Scientific Council was established at Profile 551: General Theory of Law, Specialty 555.01, General Theory of Law.
The structure of the activities has been adapted to the most recent requirements for the modernization of education, with specific particularities in the legal field, the curricula, the analytical programs of the subjects, the training methods have been improved. Our students benefit from study rooms equipped with contemporary multimedia technologies, performing laboratories (forensic, computer science, etc.).
An important role in the process of developing the professional skills of students have the Legal Clinic and the Lawyers’ Bureau, which are active in the Faculty of Law.
The Legal Clinic is a newly formed institution in the world of university studies that first appeared in the United States of America in the early 1970s as a result of the merging of those two concepts: Theory and Practice of Law.
The foundation of the Legal Clinics within the USPEE “C. Stere “was dictated by the need for students to develop useful legal and judicial practices, where students are stimulated to demonstrate critical thinking and analytical approach, in other words, the application of theoretical knowledge in practice.
Over many years, the USPEE Legal Clinic has succeeded in involving a considerable number of students in the work of solving social problems in Chisinau municipality and beyond. The organization responds to the needs of disadvantaged categories by facilitating access to justice and promoting modern methods of university legal education.
The “Legal Clinic” aims at the efficient and qualitative development, in a useful and applicative manner, of the educational process, under the guidance and support of the teaching staff, by capitalizing the main subjects of law, with the specifics of the legal professions (judge, prosecutor, lawyer, clerk, counsellor, mayor, prefect) through simulated processes.
Currently, the clinic is organized in 4 sections and 4 subdivisions and carries out activities according to their activity plans, as follows:
- The Civil Causes Department: Administrative Contentious Subdivision; Family and Successor Litigation Subdivision; Contractual Litigation Subdivision; Subdivision of Criminal Litigation.
- Criminal Cases Division
- ECHR Causes Section
- Administrative Practice Section
The Clinic works in close collaboration with the “Avornic and Partners” Associate Law Office, which provides legal assistance to the largest companies in the country and to the foreign companies’ branches in the Republic of Moldova, and plays an important educational role for young lawyers, not just because it offers the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the years of study, to develop skills and abilities of synthesis, analysis, communication, research and documentation, team work, but also because they will have the opportunity to observe social reality in the community, being faced with real clients with whom they will have to interrelate. On the other hand, access to justice and legal information for persons belonging to vulnerable groups is facilitated, thus increasing citizens’ awareness and information about their rights.
The legal clinic is a teaching -learning method at the law faculty, centered on students, on practical skills and on solving real cases. By offering free legal assistance under the supervision of a teacher or lawyer, students not only prepare their future career, but also actively contribute to the achievement of social justice and the promotion of the rule of law.
As chief of the clinic is appointed Pavel Midrigan, Ph.D., associate professor, who has worked as a prosecutor, judge and is a lawyer for more than 20 years. He is also the Arbitrator at the Court of Economic Arbitration of the Republic of Moldova.
Under the Law Faculty is being published the newspaper “Dreptul”, but also the most prestigious scientific journal with a legal profile in the republic – “The National Law Journal”, in which teachers, PhD students, master students and students can publish their scientific papers. It is also worth mentioning that the Faculty carries out fruitful cooperation with similar institutions in the country and abroad, trying to participate successfully in the national effort to integrate into the international academic world.