Cristina Malai

Cristina is the Judicial Reform Team Leader of the USAID Moldova Rapid Governance Support Program.

At the time of the 2008 Fellowship Programme, Cristina was involved in the Moldova Governance Threshold Country Programme (MGTCP), a two year, $24.5m initiative funded by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and managed by USAID. The Programme worked to assist the Moldovan Government in implementing reforms which promote good governance and reduce corruption in the judicial, tax and health sectors. Cristina's role was ‘Senior Legal Advisor- Judicial Team Leader’ and her work aimed to develop and enforce a bench-book and new Code of Ethics for judges overseeing criminal cases, improve court management and administration by using four pilot courts, and to design a more efficient mechanism for the enforcement of civil judgements by amending the legislative framework and training bailiffs.

Cristina is responsible for coordinating training for judges and other court personnel on ethics, customer service and case management. As a member of several governmental working groups, Cristina also participates in drafting legislation. Most recently she has worked on the Code of Judicial Ethics, the Rules on Judicial Inspection and the Guide on Conflict of Interests for judges and court staff.