January 2019- December 2021

The European Union/Council of Europe joint project “Improving the functioning, performance and acess to justice in Tunisia (AP-JUST), is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe. 

Context of the project

The European Union is supporting the reform of justice in Tunisia through important cooperation programmes. As part of its neighbourhood policy, the Council of Europe has established close cooperation with Tunisia from 2011, to support democratic political transition based on common values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. One of the priorities of this partnership has been and remains supporting the justice reform. The two international organisations, which work in partnership on the basis of shared values and standards, have decided to continue sharing their efforts in the framework of this joint programme supporting justice sector reform in Tunisia.

Project's objectives

The "AP-JUST" programme aims at strengthening, further developing, deepening and sustaining justice reform with a view to improve the quality and effectiveness of day to day justice service functioning provided by courts to Tunisian litigants.

Expected outcomes

  • Laws and policies in the area of justice comply with European standards;
  • Capacities of justice stakeholders: judges, lawyers, clercks... are strengthened and litigants benefit from a better quality of services;
  • Functioning and governance of the judicial system are improved and more efficient.

Main activities

  • Counselling, analysis and expertise to review legislative and policy frameworks: needs assessments, mapping of legal, institutional and political frameworks; legal reviews, opinions, reports and recommendations based on the methodologies of the Council of Europe with the participation of the Council of Europe's networks of experts;
  • Capacity building: tailored assistance; counselling, training/training of trainers and other forms of technical support; availability of tools and methodologies for the implementation of priority reforms aimed at developing new capacities and competencies.
  • Networking and peer exchange: participation of Tunisian experts in Council of Europe networks; round tables/expert working groups, peer reviews and exchanges of good practices.
  • Communication and outreach tools: awarenessraising and advocacy activities; publications, translations and dissemination of relevant materials in Arabic, French and English; online awareness activities and social networks

Project beneficiaries and stakeholders

Ministry of Justice, High Judiciary Institute (ISM), High Judiciary Council (CSM), Tunisian courts, Tunisian judges and prosecutors

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headline 11 December 2019 Tunis (Tunisia)

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International conference for sharing experiences on the reorganisation of the Court of Cassation in Tunisia - 7 and 8 November 2019