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From 3 to 6 December 2018, the IRZ organised a study visit on “German practice in patent and antitrust law proceedings” in Munich for ten representatives of the Tunisian Cartel Office. The trip took place within the framework of the institutional funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV).
The representatives of the Tunisian Cartel Office were able to find out about the tasks, operations and current legislation of the corresponding German authorities and courts, so that they could work out any potential points of reference for the reforms in Tunisia. The delegation was led by the second Vice-President of the Tunisian Cartel Office and was made up predominantly of reporting judges from the Tunisian Cartel Office.
The multi-day study visit began with expert discussions with the Head of the Cartel Office of Bavaria, who used various case examples to illustrate the Office’s tasks and activities and explained the differences between the federal and the federal state cartel offices. This was followed by practice-oriented expert discussions with four judges from the Higher Regional Court of Munich. The German speakers presented the current legislation in detail, using the so-called rail cartel as an example, and gave the Tunisian judges the opportunity to report on their own practices.
On the following day of the working visit, the focus was on patent law proceedings, with a visit to the German Federal Patent Court and to the Regional Court of Munich I. During talks with a judge at the German Federal Patent Court, the Tunisian delegation not only learned more about the history, role and responsibilities of the court, but also about its judicial practices. A special highlight of the visit was a visit to a digital courtroom. This was followed by talks with two judges from the Regional Court of Munich I. The Tunisian delegation showed a particular interest in mediation processes. The two German judges, on the other hand, were also able to learn about the everyday practices of their Tunisian colleagues.
The study visit featured lively discussions between the Tunisian guests and their hosts. Since reforms in the fields of patent and antitrust law are planned in Tunisia, many questions came up with regard to the potential for reform and the implementation of new structures and processes. The practical explanations provided by the German parties in the discussions provided some important ideas and momentum for the imminent reform efforts.
On 26 September 2018, the closing conference for the “Renforcement des institutions de l'administration pénitentiaire” twinning project took place in a festive atmosphere in Tunis. The project with a budget of EUR 1.85 million has been brought to a successful conclusion after 36 months.
The celebratory ceremony was opened with speeches by the Tunisian Minister of Justice, Ghazi Jeribi, and by the EU Ambassador in Tunis, Patrice Bergamini. These were followed by addresses from other high-ranking participants and guests, including:
Sophie Vanhaeverbeke, EU delegation leader in Tunis,
Olivier Poivre d'Arvor, French Ambassador,
Jalloul Chelbi, Head of the PARJ (Programme d'Appui à la Réforme de la Justice),
Stéphane Bredin, Head of the French prisons department,
Elyes Zalleg, Head of the Twinning Project in Tunis and of the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR),
Nicole Cochet, Managing Director of the French lead partner, JCI,
Philippe Pottier, Head of the Twinning Project and
From 10 to 15 September 2018, the IRZ welcomed a delegation of high-ranking representatives of the Tunisian prison system on a visit to Berlin. The delegation was led by the Director General of the Tunisian prison authorities, Elyes Zalleg, and Ali Guiga representing the Ministry of Justice.
The four-day study visit on the “classification of prisoners” and “transition management and follow-up care in prisons” began with a visit to the Senate in Berlin, followed by expert discussions with the Head of Department III – Law Enforcement, Susanne Gerlach. This was followed by talks with Social Services, during which the structure and areas of responsibility of probationary services were presented. Over the next three days, the Tunisian guests visited detention facilities and took part in expert discussions with their directors and other members of staff. This included psychologists, social workers, enforcement officers and security personnel, who explained their areas of responsibility.
The main topics discussed during the talks were the classification of prisoners and social reintegration and follow-up care. The Tunisian delegation also learned about further training opportunities for prisoners and about the involvement of external parties in the social reintegration process.
All four days of the working visit featured lively discussions between the Tunisian guests and their hosts. Since the Tunisian prison system is currently undergoing a period of upheaval, many questions came up with regard to potential for reform and the implementation of new structures and processes. The German experts provided some important ideas and momentum for the continuing reforms.
The study visit was organised as part of the project running from 2017 to 2019 to support judicial reform in Tunisia, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office.