The Arab Spring: Rule of Law in Transitional Settings, Libya, Tunisia and Beyond

  • 107 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

A discussion with His Honour, Mr Kamal Bashir Idhan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Libya and H.E. Said Mechichi, State Secretary for Reform, Ministry of the Interior of Tunisia.

With Introductory remarks by Mr. Jordan Ryan, Director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. 

Please RSVP to: Gabriel Pestre, Alliance Program Assistant atgpp2107@columbia.edu 

The challenges of re-establishing the rule of law, justice and security in countries undergoing a political transition from dictatorship to democracy are complex – and national and regional dimensions have important implications. Both Libya and Tunisia are in the process of such a transition. At the same time, each of these countries is grappling with its own particular context, and distinct legacies of institutional and social upheaval. The discussion will present some of the important dilemmas facing Libya and Tunisia in their present moments of transition, expanding on experiences of how strengthening national capacities for justice and security can contribute to rebuilding trust between citizens and the State, ensuring peaceful transition and restoring stability. 

Sponsored with the Alliance Program, Office of United Nations Development Program, Center on Global Legal Transformation and the Office of International Programs at Columbia Law School.