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IRZ Conference dealing with Tunisian Administrative Jurisdiction

Published: June 5, 2014

Kick-off event in Tunis on 3 and 4 April 2014 dealing with the reform of the Tunisian administrative jurisdiction

Kick-off event in Tunis on 3 and 4 April 2014 dealing with the reform of the Tunisian administrative jurisdiction

In January 2014, the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia adopted a new constitution. The Tunisian government intends to reform the administrative jurisdiction, amongst other areas, on basis of this reform.

For this reason, the IRZ, in cooperation with the Tunisian Administrative Court ("Tribunal Administratif") and the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, organised the kick-off event "Tunisian Administrative Jurisdiction: Reality and Perspectives" which took place in Tunis on 3 and 4 April 2014.

The event was opened by the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Hafedh Ben Salah, the First President of the Administrative Court of Tunis, Mohamed Faouzi Ben Hamed, two representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the deputy Director of IRZ, Dr. Stefan Hülshörster.

The speakers were Tunisian judges and their German counterparts, Michael Groepper, Judge at the Federal Administrative Court (ret.), and Dr Erwin Allesch, Vice President of the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria. Their presentations showed both similarities and differences in the legal practice of the two countries. The following intensive discussions gave an important insight into the former and present situation of the Tunisian administrative law. It was pointed out that it was envisaged to reform the Administrative Court Rules of Tunisia. A cooperation between the Tunisian Administrative Court and German Administrative Courts aims at supporting this reform.

The IRZ is planning an expert exchange, amongst other activities, with the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Administrative Court, which is to take place soon. Furthermore, it is envisaged to organise further expert seminars in Tunis dealing with relevant constitutional and administrative issues.

The presentations given by the experts also generated broad media coverage with many reports about this successful IRZ event.