Virgil Ivan-Cucu

Virgil Ivan-Cucu (RO)

Justice, Security and Criminal Law


Field of specialisation

EU area of freedom security and justice; EU and international criminal law; EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters; reform of justice and security systems; prevention of and combating organised crime corruption and terrorism; e-Justice.

Professional experience

Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu (RO) joined EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in 2012.

At EIPA, Virgil is responsible for development, management and delivery of training, assistance and consultancy projects and activities for the judiciary and other legal professionals from the EU Member States, candidate countries and ENP countries mainly on EU law, judicial and law enforcement cooperation in criminal matters, ethics and deontology. Since 2016, he is the Key Expert for Judicial Capacity Building within the EU funded EuroMed Justice project aiming to promote and implement a Euro-Mediterranean area of Justice.

Constantin Virgil Ivan-Cucu possess a notable professional career in justice, public administration and diplomacy and an extensive experience in developing the professional capacities of lawyers, prosecutors, judges and senior-judges, the reform of justice systems and the approximation of national legislation to international standards.

Before joining EIPA, he worked for the Regional Cooperation Council as Head of Justice and Home Affairs, dealing with strategic coordination in South East Europe of the fight against organised crime, terrorism and corruption, justice system reforms, combating irregular migration, visa issues and border management according to the EU acquis. In this position, as well as through his prior positions in the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Court of Romania, he has gained extensive professional experience in delivering technical and legal assistance projects, criminal investigation and prosecution and court administrative processes. Between 2002 and 2005 as Director at the Ministry of Justice of Romania, he contributed to the EU law approximation, drafting the legislation and facilitating the harmonisation of the laws in the judicial and criminal law reform area. As Inspector within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Virgil conducted and coordinated legal, judicial and diplomatic cooperation in situations concerning terrorism and cross-border organised crime. Between 1996 and 2002 Virgil played an active role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the adoption of the Rome Status as the Vice-President of the Committee of the Whole of the 1998 UN Conference in Rome.

Within the International Association of Prosecutors, Virgil is a Senator and one of the founding members of the Association.

Virgil studied law at Bucharest University and completed his training at the Diplomatic Institute and Carol I National Defense College in Bucharest.


Based in Luxembourg
+352 426 230 205




Ivan-Cucu, C.V.  (2007) ‘Dimensiunea penală a sistemului internațional de justiție – Jurisdicții penale internaționale’, Revista Pro Lege 1/2007.

Ivan-Cucu, C.V. (2003) ‘International Criminal Court, Pre-Trial Proceedings, Pre-Trial Functions and Powers of the ICC Prosecutor‘, National Criminal Justice Reference Service – NCJRS, NCJ 203536.

Commissioned studies / reports

Ivan-Cucu, C.V. (2003) ‘Reparation for torture. A survey of law and practice in thirty selected countries. Country studies – Romania”, The Redress Trust, London.

Ivan-Cucu, C.V. (2002) Mémorandum sur l’harmonisation du droit pénal en Europe, Publication du Conseil de l’Europe, AS/Jur/Penal (2002)02, Assemblée parlementaire.