Tunisian Lawyers Engage in Comparative Legal Discussions

During the workshop, speakers debated issues such as balance of power, freedom of the press, judicial independence, and the influence of political parties and political majorities under the presidential and parliamentary systems. 

August 2012

As Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly prepares the country’s new constitution, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is supporting efforts by the Tunisian Bar Association (TBA) to engage the legal profession in comparative constitutional discussions and to make recommendations to the NCA on behalf of the legal profession. An August 2 workshop entitled, “What Political Regime for Tunisia? Identifying the Issues,” gathered more than 100 legal professionals in Tunis to discuss the merits of presidential vs. parliamentary systems. Speakers representing the International Academy of Constitutional Law, university faculty and the National Constituent Assembly debated issues such as balance of power, freedom of the press, judicial independence, and the influence of political parties and political majorities under each system. This event is one in a series of four such sessions to explore constitutional issues during Tunisia’s democratic transition. The series will continue in September with a discussion on comparative experiences with constitutional courts. 

To learn more about our work in Tunisia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.  

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