ILAC is rule of law consortium based in Stockholm, Sweden, providing technical assistance to justice sector actors in conflict-affected and fragile countries. ILAC’s mission is to rapidly respond to and assess the needs of the justice sector in conflict-affected and fragile countries, and strengthen the independence and resilience of justice sector institutions and the legal profession.
ILAC’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme includes a project with the Tunisian Administrative Tribunal. Tunisia has progressed in guaranteeing civil and political rights, but little progress has been made in securing the economic, social and cultural rights, the root cause of the revolution, sought by Tunisians. The Administrative Tribunal is the institution mandated to guarantee economic, social and cultural rights and legal professionals and CSOs play a key role in protecting such rights. The project therefore aims to (1) ensure improved access to justice and justice delivery to the Tunisian people by effectively managing administration within the Tunisian Administrative Tribunal and (2) deliver capacity building for Tunisian legal professionals to apply and protect economic, social and cultural rights in accordance with international standards.
Methodology includes technical assistance ranging from IT training to case-flow management and capacity building to improve, for instance, communication with justice seekers and the practical application of international law within the Tunisian system. All projects are implemented and monitored through an adaptive and iterative management approach and in close coordination and collaboration with local stakeholders. To ensure aid efficiency, all actions are coordinated with other like-minded rule of law actors also active in Tunisia.
We support Tunisia in its aim to implement SDG 16 by ensuring justice sector institutions, associations and legal professionals provide equal access to justice, and by enhancing public trust in the judiciary and promoting human rights. More specifically, we partner with justice institutions and legal professionals to deliver on their mandate to be accountable, transparent and professional. This is done practically, for example, by decreasing the amount of a time it takes a lawyer or justice seeker to access a case file from 20 minutes to 20 seconds through the improvement of IT systems and archive management. Substantively, this includes changing the attitudes of justice actors through capacity building in the domestic application of international law.
While primarily working towards SDG 16, there are clear interlinkages with SDG 5 given that access to justice and people’s interactions with institutions must be assessed and approached through a gendered lens.