About sixty participants representing Ministries of Justice, jurisdictions, judges, legal professionals and lawyers from the Southern Mediterranean region (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) took part on early this month in an online Round Table on the lessons learned from the health crisis and the innovative working methods implemented within the judicial bodies. The event was organised by the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) in the framework of the South Programme IV.
The intensive use of information technologies in the region is today a reality, especially at a time of health crisis, which must however be thought and organised. The CEPEJ Declaration on the lessons learnt and challenges faced by the judiciary during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, adopted in June 2020 and now also available in Arabic, constitutes a reference framework of good practices already observed.
South Programme IV continues assisting Southern Mediterranean countries in building a common legal space together with the EU, with a focus on reforming Southern Mediterranean countries’ legislation and reinforcing their democratic governance institutions as well as accompanying reform processes. Good governance building, strengthening rule of law and respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights are strong pillars of the South Programme. Additionally, particular attention is given to activities combatting gender-based violence against women and girls.
Conclusions of the roundtable (in FR)