As part of the larger Africa and West Asia Region, our sub-regional office in Tunis supports constitution-building, peace building, electoral process and enhancing political participation in the region. We work and partner with government bodies, parliaments, courts, election administrators, civil society organizations, international organizations, political parties, universities, and legal and constitutional experts.

Our Tunis office has been working since 2014 to promote the application of the principle of proportionality in Tunisia.  Proportionality is specifically provided for in Tunisia’s constitution (Article 49 of the 2014 Constitution, and Article 55 of the 2022 Constitution), the only country in the region where that is the case.  For years, International IDEA has been working (with financial support from the Republic of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office) to support judges, lawyers, academics, state institutions and civil society to improve their understanding and implementation of proportionality.  International IDEA remains committed to supporting the implementation of this crucial constitutional principle in Tunisia and beyond. 

Since 2014, the Tunis office has also been supporting constitutional processes throughout the region, including in Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere.  More recently, some of these processes have evolved into full blown conflicts and International IDEA has been involved in peace building efforts in various countries to help the different conflict parties reach a peaceful resolution.  Since 2016, International IDEA has been assisting Yemen’s main conflict parties and the Office of the Special Envoy in their effort to reach a peace agreement.  International IDEA does so by exploring the different types of interim political arrangements that might be included in a peace agreement, and by providing capacity building sessions to key stakeholders to enable them to contribute more efficiently to the peace process.  International IDEA has also been involved in providing support to peace negotiations in Libya, and in particular the constitutional negotiations that took place between the two rival parliaments in 2022, which it also does in cooperation with the United Nations Support Mission to Libya. 

The Tunis office also supports dialogue on constitutional reform in various countries.  For example, in 2022, International IDEA supported a dialogue process on constitutional reform in Iraq in partnership with Rewaq Baghdad, a leading think tank in Iraq.  The dialogue was a track II, informal process that had as its purpose to present a positive example of how an inclusive dialogue on constitutional reform could be organised, as well as an alternative vision on how the existing constitutional framework could be improved.  International IDEA also carried out an in depth assessment of the existing 2005 Constitution, in line with a methodology that was developed more than a decade ago and that has been implemented in a range of countries since. 

The Tunis office also provides support to parliaments in different countries in their efforts to satisfy their constitutional obligations.  For example, the Tunis office is currently implementing (with support from the European Union) a major project to support Libya’s House of Representatives improve its internal structures, including its committee structures, its internal rules and its knowhow.  International IDEA achieves this through peer-to-peer sessions that bring the senior staff of the House of Representatives together with counterparts in other parliaments to discuss solutions to the challenges that they face. This is done through training sessions and by providing technical advice on the parliament’s internal functioning. 

Other areas of work at our Tunis office include:

  • Providing support to electoral bodies. This includes working with national election management bodies (EMBs) in the region, as well as the Arab Network for Election Management Bodies, through the provision of technical assistance and of platforms for the different EMBs to share experiences and lessons learned from their own countries.
  • Continuing to support the active participation of women and youth in political life through programmes such as the Youth Democracy Academy and the ‘Respect for Women’s Political Rights’ project.
  • The Tunis office adopts a gender inclusive approach in all of its activities and pushes for gender mainstreaming throughout its work.


Tunisia in News & Events


Group picture for Raedat members and International IDEA after the conclusion of the workshop in Tunis, Tunisia. Photo: International IDEA 

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Moot Court Competition 2022. Image Credit: International IDEA

News Article

Tunisians shout slogans during a protest against the referendum on a new constitution in Tunis, Tunisia, 23 July 2022 [Mohamed Messara/EPA-EFE]


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Network & Partners

African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)
African Union
Arab EMBs Organization
Arab Network for Democratic Elections
Arab Network for Women in Elections
Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ANLAN)
Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA)
Central Commission of Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE)
Central Election Commission (CEC): Palestine
ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC)
Human Rights Watch
Independent High Authority for Elections of Tunisia (ISIE)
Kvinna till Kvinna
Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE)
National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) Egypt
RECEF (Le Réseau des compétences électorales francophones)
Rewaq Baghdad Center For Public Policy
The African Union Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit
The Arab Association of Constitutional Law
The Swedish Institute in Alexandria



7 Rue du Lac El Biban
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia

Khameyel Fenniche
Head of Programme, Tunisia