Welcome address by Ms Nejiba Rouissi, Advocate-General to the judicial agencies, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Tunisia in charge of international matters of family law

Welcome address by Ms Nejiba Rouissi, Advocate-General to the judicial agencies, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Tunisia in charge of international matters of family law

Encouraged by the positive experience of last year, the IRZ organised a follow-up conference on "Cross-border Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters pursuant to the Hague Conventions" in Tunis on 13 to 14 November 2014 following the conference in Rabat/Morocco in cooperation with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference.

The event was opened by Ms Nejiba Rouissi, Advocate-General to the judicial agencies, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Tunisia in charge of international matters of family law, the Secretary General of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference, Dr Christophe Bernasconi, and the IRZ's Legal Adviser for North Africa and Middle East, Mr Mohamed Montasser Abidi.

During the two-day conference, approximately 30 participants from the Tunisian judiciary discussed, among other themes, the issues "Electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP)", "Malta Process" and "Cross-frontier Child Protection" pursuant to the Hague Convention" presented by three speakers of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference.

Several Tunisian speakers furthermore gave presentations on "Cross-border Family Law Disputes" and "Acknowledgement and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Tunisia".

The IRZ had also invited a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, who reported about the experiences of his country with the electronic apostille procedure.

The conference was another good opportunity for the IRZ to highlight the advantages of a ratification of the Hague Conventions in an open dialogue together with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference. Taking into account current events, this appears to be very promising since we are pleased to report that Tunisia acceded to the Hague Conference on 4 November 2014.