The 8th International Conference – Multidisciplinary perspectives in the quasi-coercive treatment of offenders
Designing the future of Criminal Justice system under the lens of technology
Venue: West University of Timisoara, Bv. Vasile Pârvan no. 4

DAY 1- 16th May 2024
Room: A11

08:30 – 09:30                    



Welcome & opening words

Professor Marilen Gabriel PIRTEA, Rector, West University of Timisoara, Romania

Annie DEVOS, President, Confederation of European Probation (CEP), Belgium

Evelina-Denisa OUESLATI, General Director, National Probation Directorate, Romania

Quaestor Dan HALCHIN, General Director, National Administration of Penitentiaries, Romania

Professor Mihaela TOMIȚĂ, Chair of the SPECTO conference, West University of Timisoara, Romania


Probation around the world. A critical analysis

Professor Ioan DURNESCU, PhD

University of Bucharest


Coffee break


Round table 1: Innovation and Future Trends of emerging technologies used in rehabilitation under the probation supervision

Chair: Annie DEVOS

Director-General, Directorate-General for the Houses of Justice, Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Belgium

President, Confederation of European Probation (CEP)



Iuliana Elena CĂRBUNARU

Probation inspector in the National Probation Directorate within the Romanian Ministry of Justice, Romania

Vicepresident of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP)


Head Deputy of the European and International Relations Unit of the French prison and probation services, France


Former President Confederation of European Probation (CEP),

Retired Assistant Director, The Probation Service, Ireland


Secretary General of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP)



14:00- 14:45

Smart Prison – Digitalization of Finnish Prisons

Pia PUOLAKKA, Independent Expert


14:45 – 16:15

Round table 2: Ethical considerations and potential biases of using Technology Innovations and the Criminal Justice System

Chair: Professor, Mihaela TOMIȚĂ, Ph.D.

West University of Timisoara, Romania



University Nicolae Titulescu of Bucharest, Romania

Minister of Justice Romania

Andrei IUGAN

Judge Bucharest Court of Appeal, Criminal Division I, Romania


Prosecutor, Bergen, Norway

Laura MAYS

Professor, Tiffin University, USA

16:15 – 16:45                    

Coffee break

16:45 -18:15

Parallel session 1: Legal Perspectives for Designing the Future of Criminal Justice with Technology
Room: 304
Chair: Laura STANILA, West University of Timisoara, Romania

 Absent but present: hearing a person in a criminal trial through technological instruments

Cristina NICORICI (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

The right to a fair trial in the context of subpoena and communication of procedural documents by electronic mail

Adrian FANU-MOCA (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Claudia ROȘU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Use, Misuse and Abuse of Tech in Criminal Proceedings

Flaviu CIOPEC (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Matei-Ciprian GRAUR (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

The Future of Risk Assessing in Romania. Algorithms vs Human Nature

Laura Maria STANILA (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Technology Enabled Rehabilitation: Rethinking Surveillance in the Digital Age

Horia-Șerban TIUGAN (Bucharest University of Economic Studies; Prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the 1 Bucharest District Court, Romania)

Digitization in criminal proceedings and security of detained and imprisoned persons

Zoran PAVLOVIĆ (University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Serbia)

The Influence of the Development of Artificial Intelligence on the Criminal Justice System and the Need to Rethink it

Constantin DUVAC (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

16:45 -18:15

Parallel session 2: Designing Tomorrow’s Probation Practices through Technology
Room: 335
Chair: Diana BIRIȘ, West University “Vasile Goldiş” from Arad, Romania

”Automated national register of persons who have committed sexual, exploitation or minor crimes” technology used to combat acts of a sexual nature and prevent recidivism

Mioara Lăcrămioara PARASCHIV (“Ovidius” University of Constanța, Romania)

Social Justice in Criminology – A Bibliometric Study

Marina Alexandra TUDORAN (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Alexandru NEAGOE (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Laurențiu Gabriel ȚÎRU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Ethical Implications of Technology-Enhanced Quasi-Coercive Approaches for Offender Rehabilitation

Iosif CSATLOS – DIMA (Romanian National Probation Directorate – Timis County Probation Service, Romania)

Working with Women’s needs in Probation

Cristina GALATANU (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania)

Leveraging COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Technological Advancement in Probation Systems: A Case Study in Romania

Claudia FEHER (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Mihaela TOMIȚĂ (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Enforcement of civil obligations in the case of custodial or non-custodial measures

Gabriel OANCEA (National Probation Directorate – Bucharest Probation Service, Romania)

The Ambassadors Program – adapting Norwegian principles in working with offenders to the Romanian correctional environment

Liliana LUPȘICA (National Probation Directorate, Romania)

Simona LAZĂR (National Probation Directorate, Romania)

Utilizing Technology in Romanian Probation: Present Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future Expectations

Diana Laura BIRIȘ (West University “Vasile Goldiş”, Romania)

Claudia FEHER (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

16:45 -18:15

Parallel session 3: Technology and Innovation in the Custodial Environment
Room: 331
Chair: Loredana Marcela TRANCĂ, West University of Timișoara, Romania

Leveraging on Technology For Sustainable Rehabilitation of Inmates In Nigerian Corrections Centers:Opening New Vistas

Gloria SHAJOBI-IBIKUNLE (University of Abuja, Nigeria)

Beyond Conviction: Perceptions, Strategies and Challenges in the Social Reintegration of Criminally Sanctioned Persons in Romania

Claudiu COMAN (Transilvania University of Brașov, Romania)

Vasile CHASCIAR (University of Craiova, Romania)

Denisa-Ramona CHASCIAR (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)

Liviu TOADER (University of Craiova, Romania)

Maria-Cristina BULARCA (Transilvania University of Brașov, Romania)

Choir in prison as a preparation tool for prisoners’ rehabilitation

Ioana Karina LUDU (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Breaking Barriers with Online Collaborative Practices between young Roma in the penitentiary system and students – Promote common spaces as an effective tool for fighting discrimination

Theofild-Andrei LAZĂR (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Elena-Loreni BACIU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Loredana Marcela TRANCĂ (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Offender eLearning: Preparing for re-entry into a digital society

Roxana UNGUREANU (West University of Timisoara, Romania)

16:45 -18:15

Parallel session 4: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology in the Criminal Justice System
Room: 616
Chair: Sorin Predescu, West University of Timisoara

Resilience mechanisms of social economy structures. Comparative study between the western region of Romania and the state of Bavaria in the German Federal Republic

Anda LUPUSOR (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Marius VASILUȚĂ-ȘTEFĂNESCU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

The effect of Nudge and digital nudging as a public policy in crime prevention and reducing recidivism rates

Wahidullah  MUBASHIR (Neçmettin Erbakan University, Turkey)

Innovative Profiling

Barbara SZABO (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Digital Crime: New Challenges for Criminal Justice Systems

Barbara SZABO (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Crimes and cultural heritage. Can law be enforced?

Sorin PREDESCU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

The economic support for technology in the criminal justice system

Miruna NĂCHESCU  (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Flavia BARNA (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Challenges and opportunities of new technologies for developing the practical skills of students carry out field placement in the criminal justice system

Loredana Marcela TRANCĂ (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Mihaela TOMIȚĂ (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Roxana UNGUREANU (West University of Timișoara, Romania)

Beyond the Labels: The Management of the Social Re-entry of Juvenile Offenders

Radu NAFORNITA (George Bacovia University of Bacău, Romania)

Violeta HAZAPARU (George Bacovia University of Bacău, Romania)

Andrei – Octavian PARASCHIVESCU (George Bacovia University of Bacău, Romania)

Magdalena ANDREI (Târgu Ocna Educative Centre, Romania)

16:45 -18:15

Workshop: Students Looking at the International Context of Technology Driven Criminal Justice System
Room: 601
Chair: Roxana Ungureanu, West University of Timisoara


DAY 2 – 17th May 2024
Room: A01


Evaluating International Standards in Remote Judging: Comparative Analyses and the Intersection with Probation Practices

Olga TEŠOVIĆ, PhD, Research Fellow

Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, Serbia 


Coffee break


Round table 3: Strategies for increasing the use of technology in the prison systems

Chair: Ph.D. Ioana Mihaela MORAR

Deputy General Director, Romanian National Administration of Penitentiaries, Romania



Deputy director for social reinsertion in Arad Penitentiary, Romania


Chair of EuroPris ICT Expert Group and a Senior Adviser – Specialist in the Head Office of the Directorate for the Prison System and Probation in the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration of the Republic of Croatia

Victor EȘANU

Senior officer in the security and regime Department

National Administration of Penitentiaries of Moldova, Republic of Moldova

Ștefan Adrian NEAGOE

Quality of Life Research Institute, Romania

Cătălin ȚURCAN

Senior officer in IT and cybersecurity Department

National Administration of Penitentiaries of Moldova, Republic of Moldova


Summary of the conference and closing

*Round Tables (Plenary)

The round tables bring together 3-5 specialists of the theme to take stock of current debates and theoretical and practical advances; they are then discussed with the public.