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Tunisia

In June 2015, the ILF launched a new country program in Tunisia. The goal of this new program is to improve the quality of criminal defense service provided to indigent Tunisians, while strengthening Tunisia’s criminal legal aid system.

The new Constitution of the Tunisian Republic provides for the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, and the right not to be detained arbitrarily. It also provides for the right to legal representation for the indigent accused. Yet Tunisia faces challenges in implementing the right to counsel. ILF-Tunisia will help to bridge the gap between law and practice, and to ensure that the new Constitution of Tunisia is more fully respected.

Chiraz Bejaoui

Criminal Defense Attorney

Chiraz Bejaoui has a 4-year degree in Law studies from the Law and Political Science, University of Tunis and a Master’s Degree in Administrative and Civil Law from the Université de Perpignan, France. She also has a Master’s of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Children rights law from the Université de Perpignan, France. She is a member of Avocats Sans Frontiéres, Réseau d’observation de la justice en Tunisie and the Ligue pour la défense de la liberté d’expression dans le monde Arabe.

Hanen Fathallah

Criminal Defense Attorney

Hanen Fathullah has a 4-year degree in Business Law, Law and Political Science School from the University of Tunis and a Master’s Degree in Business Law, Law and Political Science University.

Hichem Zoubli

Legal Representative

Zoubli has assisted the ILF with setting up an office and with meeting various actors, including the MoJ and Bar president. When the ILF first arrived in Tunisia, Hichem was helpful in providing information on registration and office locations, as well as insight in the practice of criminal law in Tunisia. Hichem has also helped the ILF to find lawyers and trainee lawyers interested in the ILF mentoring program.

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