Background information

1. Background information

The scientific research activity is part of the mission assumed by Titu Maiorescu University. The Faculty of Law has a short, medium and long term strategy (shared by Titu Maiorescu University) for the objectives, projects and results targeted by the research activity, as well as the necessary funds and resources required for such research activity.

We are preoccupied not only with the existence of a research activity as a constant concern of the teaching staff, in order to increase the quality of the didactic process, but also with the revaluation of such research and with the identification of a series of partnerships with the beneficiaries of our scientific research activity.

In fulfilling its scientific research mission, the Faculty complies with the provisions of Law no. 319/2003 on the Status of the research and development personnel of Government Ordinance no. 57/2002 on scientific research and technological development, approved and amended by Law no. 324/2003, of Law no. 206/2004 on proper behavior in scientific research, technical development and innovation, amended and completed by Ordinance no. 28/2011 and of Law no. 1/2011, as subsequently amended and completed.  

2. Research Organization

The organization of the short, medium and long term research is based on a series of elements and concepts provided by the National Research, Development and Innovation Strategy (CDI) 2014-2020. The research objectives of Titu Maiorescu University are mainly institutional, aspect which is also emphasized by the Research, development and innovation strategy for the period between 2012 and 2016 of Titu Maiorescu University.

The concrete objectives of the scientific research strategy undertaken by the Faculty of Law are the following:

  • development of the scientific research in the niche fields included in the scientific research plan of the Faculty of Law;
  • grants obtained as a result of our participation in competitions organized by national, European and other financing sources, such as: CNCSIS (National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education), the Romanian Academy, the World Bank etc;
  • development of national and international scientific partnerships;
  • development of the material and human resources required for the scientific research activity;
  • efficient revaluation of the research results by: scientific papers presented at various national and international scientific events, the organization of such events, publication of a number of scientific or practical studies of interest for our partners-beneficiaries;
  • periodic evaluation of the performance of our scientific research activity based on a series of transparent and objective criteria and standards.

In view of gaining the appreciation of the scientific communities for the results of our research, in order to be eligible to attract a number of external financing sources and to be useful for a series of potential beneficiaries, our scientific research activity is focused on highly specialized “niche” problems, of a scientific or practical nature, so that, in a relatively short period of time, our research should lead to performance that does not require large and complex investments.

Thus, we have a series of modern research programmes, covering fields of interdisciplinary interest for the legal area and taking into account the competitive national context, as well as the European and global stage of knowledge and legal research relevant for the proposed study field, with focus on the revaluation of the research results in the applicative field required by our partners-beneficiaries.

The long term research strategy of the Law Faculty and the short and medium term research programmes are debated by the various Departments and the Faculty Board approves the faculty scientific research plan and the calendar of scientific events organized by our faculty

The resources required for the development of the research activity include financial resources, as well as material and logistic resources. The last two are, as a rule, provided by the university, along with part of the finances required for research, but the largest part of the financial resources are to be obtained either from national or European sources or through grants or sponsorships from our parters-beneficiaries.

3. Research Development

The Faculty of Law has several scientific research teams benefiting from the material and logistic resources adequate for the fulfillment of the scientific research objectives.

Currently, two of our teaching staff members hold honorary positions at the “Acad. Andrei Radulescu” Legal Studies Institute of the Romanian Academy, while three members of the teaching staff are associate researchers at the same institute.

The scientific research activities are financed both from internal sources by Titu Maiorescu University and from external grants.

The evidence of an academic culture focused on research is demonstrated at the level of our faculty by the publications of our teaching staff, which are highly appreciated by the academic community and not only, as well as by the increasing number of grants obtained by our research teams in the last 2 years, our faculty being focused on the institutional transformation of the research teams in research centers to be certified by CNCSIS (National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education).

The members of the legal and interdisciplinary research teams can periodically participate to scientific seminars organized at the department level, as well as to annual scientific sessions attended by local and international participants.

The Faculty of Law has a long tradition in the organization of annual scientific conferences for various subjects. The main objective of these events is to encourage and to promote the scientific research developed by students and teaching staff, to encourage the cooperation between professors and their assistants in the preparation of scientific materials in the legal research field.

The most valuable scientific research papers of the teaching staff members, which have been notable by their originality and novelty are published in the “Annals of Titu Maiorescu University – the Law series”, while the student papers are published in the “ProExcelsio” journal.

As a result of our constant concern with the scientific research field, the teaching staff of our faculty and our students submitted a number of scientific research projects to the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education, obtaining several GRANTS, as well as to the Romanian Academy. Our scientific research plan includes collective and individual research topics, many of which were published.

In the research field, we have concluded a number of partnerships – collaboration agreements with the Legal Studies Institute of the Romanian Academy, as well as with the French University of Orleans.

We have also worked towards increasing our human resources and towards concluding a number of partnerships with experts in the field of interest representing the object of our research, so that, in the future, the latter should become our employees in the research field.

The teaching staff performing scientific research activities are stimulated by being promoted and benefit from additional criteria in the teaching staff evaluation forms; they also have financial benefits, materialized in financial incentives and other similar advantages.

In order to assure the actual fulfillment of the objectives established in the scientific research strategy at the faculty and department level, as well as in the faculty board, the stage of the scientific research activity , the organization, development and performance of the same will be analyzed periodically.

The Doctoral School in the Law Field, an important component of the scientific research, was established in 2010, in recognition of the quality of the educational activity and of the professional value of the teaching staff of the Law Faculty of Titu Maiorescu University.

9 scientific advisors carry out their activity as part of this school, all well known names in the Romanian legal research field.

The specializations available for doctoral studies are the following: Commercial Law, Civil Law, Civil Procedural Law, Labor and Social Security Law, Criminal Law, Criminology, European Union Law, Public International Law, Constitutional Law and Public Institutions.

The aim of the management team of our Doctoral School is to intensify cooperation with other European doctoral schools in the context of the new legislative framework on the organization of doctoral studies, in view of the joint development of research projects, including through programmes involving the joint supervision of doctoral studies.

4. Research Revaluation

The revaluation of the results of the scientific research activity is carried out by several means, such as:

  • the organization of national and international scientific events;
  • the editing of the journal Annals of Titu Maiorescu University – the law series, according to the CNCSIS standards;
  • the publication of scientific papers in prestigious legal journals or the presentation of studies at national and international scientific events;
  • the participation of all teaching staff members as trainers/participants in the management/implementation teams as part of the POSDRU (Sectoral Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources), PODCA (Operational Programme Administrative Capacity Development) research projects, to which Titu Maiorescu participates as beneficiary or as partner.

Even in the case of the junior lecturers and junior assistants, we have managed to meet a European request in the scientific research field, namely that each member of the teaching staff should publish every year at least one paper, as a result of its scientific research activity.

The results of the individual or collective research of the teaching staff members of our faculty enjoy appreciation in the legal academic environment, their recognition being materialized in a number of awards or distinctions granted to the individual members of the teaching staff for their scientific contributions, as well as in their citation, rating or inclusion in the international data bases.