Democratisation in Tunisia: Implementing the Constitution and Decentralising the State


07th June, 2018

Amine Ghali, Director, Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM)
Chafik Sarsar, Professor of Constitutional Law, El Manar University, Tunis
Fadil Aliriza, Independent Journalist and Researcher
Jinan Limam, Professor of Public Law, Tunis Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences

Chaired by:

Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Democratisation in Tunisia: Implementing the Constitution and Decentralising the State

Time: Thursday 7th June, 10:00-12:30 (with lunch to follow)
Venue: ECFR Berlin office, Entrance: Rosmarinstrasse 1, 10117 Berlin


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) cordially invite you to a discussion of the Tunisian democratisation process, with a focus on the state of implementation of the Tunisian Constitution, and the opportunities and challenges posed by the upcoming decentralisation process.

Bringing together a range of Tunisian interlocutors, this event will provide fresh, first hand analysis of what has been achieved over four years after the adoption of the Tunisian Constitution and what reforms still need to be realised. The event will examine the status of political, legal and judicial reforms, and following the May 2018 municipal elections, will focus on the complex and critical decentralisation reforms ahead, and their potential impact on the political and socio-economic situation of the country.

The event will also highlight how Germany, the European Union and the international community at large can and should support Tunisian national actors on their path towards establishing a stable, democratic system.

Amine Ghali is Director of Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) working on issues of democracy, reform and transition in the Arab region. Following the revolution in Tunisia, he has been appointed as member of the National Commission to Investigate Corruption, and then member of the National Commission on the Transitional Justice Dialogue.

Chafik Sarsar is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University El Manar, Tunis. He is also a President of Organisation Arabe des Administrations Électorales and of Association pour la recherche sur la transition démocratique. Prof Sarsar served as President of the Tunisian Electoral Commission between 2014 and 2017.

Fadil Aliriza is an independent journalist and political analyst based in Tunis. Most of his recent writings have focused on Tunisia's political economy. His work has been published by Middle East Eye, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Foreign Policy.

Jinan Limam is an expert in EU law, constitutional law and decentralisation. She holds a PhD in law and is a lecturer at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. She is also a human rights activist, and currently serves as a President of Association tunisienne de défense des libertés individuelles.

Anthony Dworkin is Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR, where he leads the organisation’s work in the area of human rights, democracy, and justice. Publications include Europe’s new counter-terror wars and The southern front line: EU counter-terrorism cooperation with Tunisia and Morocco.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. RSVP until June 5th. The discussion will take place in English, with translation from French.

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