Book launch of « Transitional justice in process: plans and politics in Tunisia » - by Mariam Salehi

November 04, 2022

The book launch of « Transitional justice in process: plans and politics in Tunisia » by Mariam Salehi, co-organized as a "Rencontre Ibn Khaldun" by the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) and Columbia Global Centers | Tunis, took place on Friday, November 4th, 2022, at MECAM, Tunis.

« Transitional justice in process: plans and politics in Tunisia » is the first book to comprehensively study the Tunisian transitional justice process. After the fall of the Ben Ali regime in 2011, Tunisia swiftly began dealing with its authoritarian past and initiated a comprehensive transitional justice process, with the Truth and Dignity Commission as its central institution. However, instead of bringing about peace and justice, transitional justice soon became an arena of contention. Through a process lens, the book explores why and how the transitional justice process evolved, and explains how it relates to the country’s political transition. The book was discussed by Dr. Khaled Kchir.

Learn more about the author:

Dr. Mariam Salehi heads the junior research group ’Transnational Conflicts’ at the INTERACT Center for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research at Freie Universität Berlin. Previously, she was A.SK Social Science Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and worked at the University of Marburg. Her PhD thesis on the Tunisian transitional justice process won the 2019 dissertation award of the German Middle East Studies Association.

Learn more about MECAM:

Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme »Imagining Futures – Dealing with Disparity«. The centre is located at the Université de Tunis. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about future. MECAM’s research agenda focuses on questions of Aesthetics & Cultural Practice, Inequality & Mobility, Memory & Justice, Resources & Sustainability, and Identities & Beliefs.

MECAM is a joint endeavour of a consortium of seven Tunisian and German research institutions: It is coordinated by the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Université de Tunis and supported by the Universität Leipzig, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, the Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES) in Tunis, and the Université de Sfax.