In April 2013, the CEELI Institute led the 11th session of its exciting course to train Tunisian judges in judicial integrity and human rights, Judging in a Democratic Society. With funding and support from the Swedish International Development Agency and the International Legal Assistance Consortium, the partnership of the CEELI Institute and the International Bar Association (IBA) has now provided nearly 900 Tunisian judges with the tools to transition effectively to their new role in a more democratic society.
Since March 2012, the CEELI Institute and IBA partnership has run two courses per month for approximately 30 judges. The course stresses the leadership role courts play in society, the importance of judicial independence, and political issues of leadership. Consistent with these ideas, the course provides training in a variety of areas, including the role of a judge in a democratic society, tools required to make courts fair and efficient, judicial independence, ethics, relations with the public and with other branches of government, court administration, human rights principles, and transparency in procedure and decisions. Judges that participated in the course have highlighted the immediate positive impact the training will have on their work, such as recognizing the necessity of maintaining ethical principles and the method of preparing judicial decisions.