Participants in the conference

On 6 and 7 July 2017, the IRZ organised a second conference on the reform of the Tunisian criminal justice system. The event held in Tunis continued on from a conference held in April 2017 on the same subject. The conference was carried out as part of a Memorandum of Understanding on legal cooperation between the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and the Tunisian Ministry of Justice.

The Tunisian penal code is currently being revised by a reform commission, composed of public prosecutors, judges and other experts. The focus here is on redefining perpetration, aiding and abetting and instigation, particularly in connection with terrorist attacks. Another priority is the introduction of alternative sentences.

The following experts took part on behalf of the IRZ:

  • Walter Selter, former Prosecutor General,
  • Dr. Arnd Weishaupt, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and
  • Christoph-Severin Haase, a public prosecutor who is currently working at the BMJV.

The exchange with German colleagues allowed the Tunisian participants to gain a deep insight into the German criminal justice system. As well as the topics of perpetration, complicity and sentencing regulations, the system of suspended sentencing was of particular interest to the Tunisian reform commission.

The IRZ and the BMJV will continue to support the reform efforts in the Tunisian justice system and provide advisory services