The Siracusa Institute joined the debate on “Ending Political Interference in Judicial Appointments” today in Beirut


Filippo Musca, Deputy Director of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, attended today in Beirut the debate on “Ending Political Interference in Judicial Appointments”, organized by The Legal Agenda, a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organization focused on the analysis of law and public policy in Lebanon and in the Arab region.

The Legal Agenda is currently working on a project aimed to formulate a draft bill on the organization of the judiciary in light of the international standards of judicial independence.

Speakers of the debate were Judge Faouzi Maalaoui, Tunisian judge and member of the judiciary’s first provisional supreme council, Judge Gianluigi Pratola, Secretary General of the Italian High School for the Judiciary, Judge Martine Comte, former First President of the Court of Appeal of Orléans, and the Prosecutor Vincent Macq, the King’s Prosecutor of Namur.

The debate was also attended by Mr. Said Benarbia, Director of the Middle East & North Africa Program of The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Mr. Nizar Saghieh, The Legal Agenda Executive Director and Dr. Myriam Mehanna, The Legal Agenda Legal Researcher.