12 June 2014

Tunisia: International Law Commission to Hold Meeting Soon Around Marzouki's Initiative On Creation of ICC

Tunis — The United Nations International Law Commission will organise next August 4 in Geneva a conference around the initiative launched in 2012 by Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki on the creation of an international constitutional court (ICC), Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri, member of the commission announced on Thursday.

The initiative is intended as an instrument to meet international commitments to the implementation of universal principles and rules in terms of democracy and public freedoms, he said on the sidelines of the second international conference on the project of the international constitutional court held in Carthage.

"This project aims to defend the values of democracy and put an end to dictatorial regimes suffered by many countries," noted President Marzouki at the opening of the conference, which was attended by representatives of international organisations and experts in constitutional law.

Shana Kaiser, representative of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said, on his part, that the project would be an international solution to end violations of international human rights laws and enhance the respect for human dignity.

This initiative is an important step on the way of the constitutionality of the "global democracy," representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Hardy Ostry stressed.

On his part, constitutional expert Yadh Ben Achour said the project on the creation of an international constitutional court is generated by the concern to harmonise constitutions and laws with global human rights pacts.

He emphasised, in this context, the need to mobilise diplomatic efforts to materialise this project.

Works of the conference continued under panels focusing on "the international strategy for the establishment of the ICC," "the role of the civil society and academics in supporting this project" and "the relationship between the ICC and national and regional constitutional courts."

Marzouki had called in September 2012 from the rostrum of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly for the creation of an international constitutional court which, according to him, would be referred to in order to denounce some constitutions and declare elections illegal or fraudulent.

A first international conference on ICC had been held in May 2013 in Tunis.

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