Legal Research & Documentation

Accountability for the Beirut Port Explosion: One Year Later

On August 4, 2020, tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been neglected at the Beirut Port exploded, killing at least 207 victims, injuring another 7,500, and leaving 300,000 homeless. One year later, accountability in any form remains far from being...

Access to Information in Tunisia

“Praised by many as being one of the most progressive access to information laws in the world,” Tunisia’s current legal framework governing access to information set a high bar for the rest of the region. Five years after the law’s...

Access to Information Laws in MENA

In 2007, Jordan became the first Arabic-speaking country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to issue a law governing the right of access to information. In the years since, it has been joined by Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Morocco,...

Access to Information in Jordan

Although Jordan has a law to guarantee access to information, its vagueness, exceptions regime, and relationship with the larger legal framework are limitations. Many Jordanians have no knowledge of the law, and implementation has been a challenge for those who...

Access to Information in Lebanon

Lebanon’s Access to Information Law was passed in 2017 with very little media coverage and public attention, though it represented a legislative breakthrough for a country where lack of transparency and corruption is considered to be endemic. The law legally...

Access to Information Laws in MENA: Spotlight on Jordan, Tunisia, and Lebanon

Access to information is an often overlooked, but essential pillar of a functioning and democratic society. Such access can help citizens make informed decisions, empower them to hold their governments and those receiving public funds to account, and encourage a...

Lawyering for Change

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, lawyers work to support those organizing on-the-ground; to mobilize the legal community; and to bring about systemic change. In Lawyering for Change, TIMEP’s Legal Unit conducts a series of interviews with...

Lawyering for Change: Q&A with Joumana Seif on Syria

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, lawyers work to support those organizing on-the-ground; to mobilize the legal community; and to bring about systemic change. In Lawyering for Change, TIMEP’s Legal Unit conducts a series of interviews with...

Lawyering for Change: Q&A with Bonyan Jamal on Yemen

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, lawyers work to support those organizing on-the-ground; to mobilize the legal community; and to bring about systemic change. In Lawyering for Change, TIMEP’s Legal Unit conducts a series of interviews with...

Remote Hearings, Detention, and the Pandemic in MENA

At the beginning of March 2021, nearly one year following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi directed authorities to expand a program that allows for pretrial detention renewal hearings to occur remotely. A limited pilot...