Project Article 49 Final Conference: Working Towards a New Era in the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Tunisia

30 - 31 May 2021
Start time: 14:30 Tunisia

Join us for Project Article 49's final conference, held on 30 and 31 May 2021,  to discuss the topic: Working Towards a New Era in the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Tunisia.

The Project Article 49's main objective is to contribute to the improvement of the protection of fundamental rights by supporting the legal community (including judges, lawyers and academics), public officials (parliamentarians, ministry officials, and local government officials) and civil society organizations in their efforts to bring their working methods in line with the Tunisia's 2014 constitution’s framework for the protection of fundamental rights.  

The project addresses the objective to "promote the strengthening of democracy, the rule of law and human rights". The project seeks to contribute to clarifying the utility and scope of proportionality, both through a discussion of its merits in the absolute and through a literal reading and interpretation of article 49 of the 2014 Constitution. This project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The virtual conference will feature high-level presentations and panel discussions, all of which will be recorded, to ensure as wide participation as possible, given the different time zones of the participants. In order to make the sessions interactive, we aim to include moderated chats, questions and polling.

We also anticipate discussion forums on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms to stimulate the debate and exchange online.

Watch the event LIVE:


Sunday, 30 May 2021 (Day 1)
Welcoming remarks:
  • Zaid Al-Ali, Senior Programme Officer , International IDEA
  • Representative of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Keynote speaker:
  • Othman Jerandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Hasna Ben Slimane, Minister of Justice and Government spokesperson
  • Belhassan Ben Omar, Minister charged of overseeing human rights interests and the relationship with constitutional bodies and civil society and chair of the National Harmonization Committee
  • Imen Houimel, Minister of Women
Panel 1: Article 49: Seven Years after the Adoption of the Tunisian Constitution
Moderator: Amel EL Mejri
  • “Article 49: what interpretations?”
               Salwa Hamrouni, Law Professor at the University of Carthage
  • “Individual Freedoms under the Magnifying Glass of Article 49”
                Kaouthar Debbeche, Law Professor at the University of Carthage
  • “The absence of the Constitutional Court and the Implementation of Article 49”
                Chafik Sarsar, Law Professor at the University of Tunis El-Manar
Q & A (30 minutes)
Monday, 31 May 2021 (Day 2)
Panel 2: Specificity of article 49 of the Tunisian Constitution/ comparative approach
Moderator: Zaid Al-Ali
  • From Tunisia: “Two years after the launch of the project of article 49, What changes?”
Khaled Mejri, Law Professor at the University of Carthage
  • From Germany: “A foreign look at Article 49”
Dieter Grimm, Law Professor and former judge at the German Constitutional Court
  • From South Africa: “Recent developments in proportionality in South Africa”.
Q & A (30 minutes)
Panel 3: State of the art on the implementation of article 49: Feedback from partners
Moderator: Monia Belarbi
  • Executive branch
  • Ministry of Interior (Representative of the ministry)
  •  Ministry of Women, Family and Seniors (Representative of the ministry)
  • The National Committee for the Harmonization of Legal Texts on Human Rights with the provisions of the Constitution and with ratified international agreements  (Representative of the Committee)
  • Government Legal and Legislative Counsel Services
              Nabil Ajroud, Legal and Legislation Advisor to the Presidency of the Government
  • Legislative branch
  • Parliament
Sameh Dammak, President of the parliamentary commission on rights and freedoms
Q & A (30minutes)
  • Judicial branch
  • Administrative Tribunal
Mehdi Grissiaa, President of the Administrative Tribunal
  • Judicial Justice
(Representative of the Court of Cassation)
  • Higher Institute of the Judiciary
(Representative of the Higher Institute of the Judiciary)
  • Center for Legal and Judicial Studies
Mounir Ferchichi, Director of the Center  for Legal and Judicial Studies
Q & A (30 minutes)
  • Local Power
  • Center for Training and Support for Decentralization (CFAD)
     Ridha Saadi, Director of the CFAD
  • Independent bodies
  • National Body for the Protection of Personal Data (INPDP)
     Chawki Gaddes, President of the INPDP
  • High Independent Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HAICA)
     Nouri Lajmi, President of the HAICA
  • Civil Society
  • Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms (ADLI)
  • Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center
Amin Ghali, Representative of the Center
Q & A (30 minutes)
Closing remarks
  • Monia Belarbi, Senior Programme Officer