It was Dr Mark Ellis, together with other ILAC founder members, who held the vision that led to the creation of ILAC, being an organisation that could coordinate and manage the activities of legal assistance organisations to be more effective in the re-establishment of the rule of law in war-torn countries.
In order for the ILAC MENA Programme to reach its’ full potential, there’s a great need for programme management. On 1 -3 February, representatives from the implementing member organisations IAWJ, RWI, ABA-ROLI, IBAHRI and CEELI Institute, met to improve the programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, as well as gender mainstreaming and the implementation of cross cutting perspectives.
Sfax is not Tunis. Being the “capital of the south” and industrial center of Tunisia, the city, as well as its’ judiciary, plays an important role in the country. Understanding the challenges of the Tunisian judiciary, makes visiting the Sfax court is an important part of the puzzle. On 11 November, ILAC programme manager Rhodri Williams and Tunisia representative Leila Dachraoui together with ILAC Head of Communications Per Lagerström, visited Sfax in order to follow up the personal action plans of the judges who have participated in the ILAC programme Training of Tunisian judges.
The ILAC 3-year programme “Training of Tunisian judges” aiming at training all of Tunisias’ 1800 judges is now well over mid-term and the trainings implemented by CEELI Institute and IBA, keeps receiving good reviews in the evaluations from the participating judges. But what happens after the sessions are over and how are the personal action plans able to put in use?
On Monday 29 September 2014, as a part of the ILAC MENA-programme, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) will launch a new International Criminal Law (ICL) training programme for judges and prosecutors in Tunisia.
Transition takes time. But Tunisia can move fast. Sharing experiences with international experts is one way of quickly finding good international practice, says judge Cristi Danilet, one of the CEELI Institute experts on ILAC Training of Tunisian judges programme.