DepartmentNational and International Security

Department Chair


Short bio

Todor Kolarov is D. Sc. in Security Studies (New Bulgarian University-Bulgaria), Ph.D. in International and EU Law (Plovdiv University-Bulgaria), LL.M. (Georgetown University-U.S.), J.D. (Sofia University-Bulgaria). Currently, Chair of the National and International Security Department and associate professor in civil litigation (with special focus on in rem asset confiscation) at the Department of Law of New Bulgarian University. Adjunct associate professor in international law at the American University in Bulgaria. Expert for EU’s CEPOL (currently working on the EaP countries) and for the Council of Europe (currently working on Uzbekistan) on anti-money laundering, asset confiscation and anti-corruption. Previously, served as a consultant focusing on anti-corruption, criminal asset confiscation and anti-money laundering for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2017; Nigeria in 2016; Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in 2015), the EU (Ukraine in 2019; Kyrgyzstan in 2018-2019 and Croatia in 2012) and the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (Belgrade in 2018). Chairperson of the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative, an intergovernmental network of 9 South-East European countries (2018-2019). Chairperson of the Bulgarian criminal asset confiscation body (2011-2012). Served as legal advisor at the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Bulgaria (2004-2011); governance analyst at the World Bank (2001-2003) and staff attorney for the American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (1999-2000). In 2011 led the Bulgarian rotational presidency of the Camden Asset Recovery Interagency Network. Author of 3 monographs and over 20 scholarly articles in English and Bulgarian on anti-corruption, money laundering and asset confiscation. Lecturer and moderator in international fora organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Tajikistan – 2017, Nigeria – 2016 and Kazakhstan – 2015), EU (Ukraine-2019) and Dutch and Italian Presidencies of the Council of the EU (Belgium – 2016 and Italy – 2014).

Recent relevant publications:

  • Kolarov, T. Procedural Substitution and the Participation of the Prosecutor and Commission for Combating of Corruption and Confiscation of Illegally Acquired Property in Civil Procedure, Society and Law Journal. : Union of Lawyers in Bulgaria (pending publication);
  • Kolarov, T.Challenges in Settling Non-Conviction Based Civil Confiscation of Unexplained Wealth, Journal of Money Laundering Control. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMLC-07-2020-0076. (2020);
  • Kolarov, T. Historic Analogs of Civil Confiscation of Unexplained Wealth – The Case of Bulgaria. Journal of Financial Crimes. 27 No. 2, pp. 561-571 https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-08-2019-0108 (2020);
  • Kolarov, T. EU MIXED AGREEMENTS. Sofia: NBU Publishing (2018).



Contact information:
Building 2, Room 202
Tel. 02/8110 642; ext. 22022
e-mail: tkolarov@nbu.bg