The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) organized a day of reflection in May 2013 with the aim of better understanding and analyzing the developments of the Arab region in order to respond to the changing needs of defenders.
On this occasion, three colleagues and prominent researchers presented their contributions, analysing the historical, legal, and socio-political dimensions of the changes induced by the 2010-2011 “Arab Uprisings”.
Mohamed Sghir Janjar holds a Doctorate in Anthropology and works as Deputy Director of the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca. As a sociologist, he is also the author of many studies related to the Arab Islamic thoughts. He is the editor of the magazine Prologues in Casablanca, a book magazine in Maghreb, the religion collection and the Société des éditions Prologues, and co-edits Le Fennec´s philosophical debates collection. He published several papers and has contributed to collectives work, among which an essay on the formation of the Muslim Mysticism.
Ghazi Gherairi is a lecturer-researcher in public law and political science at the Faculty of Judicial, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, University of Carthage. He also teaches at L'institut diplomatique de Tunis and at Tunis School of Politics. He is also Secretary-General of the International Academy of Constitutional Law, Vice President of the International Association of Legal Methodology, former Member and spokesmen of the high instance of realization of the achievement of the revolution’s goals, of political reform and of democratic transition, Member of the editorial board of the newspaper Le Maghreb, General Coordinator of the Averroès Foundation for Democracy and Progress, a think tank which aims at promoting exchanges and contributing to the emergence of ideas and policies to promote transitions to democratic, pluralistic and egalitarian societies. He published several papers on public administration systems,constitutional law, competition law, arbitration, dispute resolutionand public international law.
Eberhard Kienle works as Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research and also teaches political sciences at the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble and Paris. Specializing in the international relations, political sociology and political economy of the contemporary Middle East he takes a particular interest in the historical and comparative dimensions of developments in this region. He previously taught at the universities of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) and London (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS). As Chair of the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMES) at SOAS he was among the founders of the new London Middle East Institute (LMEI). Over the years, he has acted as an advisor to various government agencies, international bodies, non-governmental organizations and companies.