Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu has been the Key Expert for Judicial Capacity Building within the EuroMed Justice project since 2016. He developed the vision and the strategic concept of cross-regional, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in criminal and civil matters and pursued with its implementation including the creation of a sustainable cross-regional mechanism of judicial cooperation.
In only one year of strategic advancement (2017-2018), EuroMed Justice established the experts group CrimEx and drafted the main instruments of cooperation: EuroMed Fiches, Legal and Gaps Analyses, Handbook on judicial cooperation and Digital Evidence Manual. The meeting of the EJN Contact Points with CrimEx members, and the first meeting of the Forum of the Prosecutors General constitutes EuroMed justice historical events and milestones.
Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu is now ensuring the continuity with the previous phases of EuroMed Justice as Team Leader of the Programme.
Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu possess an impressive judicial career as Romanian Senior Prosecutor: Director for Judicial Cooperation, promoted to the Supreme Court of Justice as Judge, then Director for anti-corruption and crime in the Ministry of Justice and Inspector in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In these positions, he conducted and coordinated legal, judicial and diplomatic cooperation for his country in complex cases concerning counter-terrorism and organized crime in the Middle East, Europe, America and South Africa. In South-East Europe, he was directly involved – as Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Department within the Regional Cooperation Council, Sarajevo – in the development, implementation and coordination of strategies and policies for national and regional justice organisations and judicial networks.
Since 1995, Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu has also been playing an active role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was the Head of the Romanian Delegation at the UN Preparatory Committee sessions (1995-1998), Plenipotentiary and Vice-President of the Committee of the Whole during the 1998 UN Diplomatic Conference in Rome, Romania representative at the ICC Assembly of States Parties (New York 2002, 2003 and The Hague 2004 and 2006).
Within the International Association of Prosecutors, Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu is a Senator and one of the founding members of the Association.
He studied Law at Bucharest University and completed his education at the Diplomatic Institute, University Carol I for National Defence and the Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Germany.