Oral history interview with Mohamed Fadehel Mahfoudh, 2016


Mahfoudh, Mohamed Fadehel (Interviewee)
Chihi, Emna (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Mohamed Fadehel Mahfoudh, 2016
Fadehel Mahfoudh narrates his experiences of Tunisia's revolutionary uprisings, during which he was in Sfax advocating on behalf of the demonstrators. He became responsible for organizing Tunisians living abroad for the first Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE). Mahfoudh explains the specific role of the National Bar Association in the history of Tunisia's democracy. He describes ho w the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (ONAT) responded to the assassinations of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi in 2013: they demanded a national dialogue and the unions followed suit. A roadmap was then developed detailing how the transition would proceed: the national dialogue, the ratification of a new constitution, the election of the second ISIE, and the creation of a technocratic government to set up elections. Mahfoudh had witnessed many unfair trials during Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's reign and was determined to defend human rights. Ben Ali's police state had also affected his personal life, professional success, and mobility. Mahfoudh discusses the formation of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and its processes in facilitating the national dialogue. He details the difficulties of collaboration across political parties. Finally, Mahfoudh reflects on Tunisia's new constitution and the specificity of the country's transition
Collection Name
Tunisian Transition oral history collection
Lawyers; Arab Spring, 2010-; Revolutions--Tunisia; Human rights--Tunisia; Constitutional law--Tunisia; Bar associations--Tunisia; Tunisia History Demonstrations, 2010-; Tunisia Politics and government 1987-2011; Tunisia Politics and government 2011-; Mahfoudh, Mohamed Fadehel
oral histories
Physical Description
45 pages
Note (Biographical)
Mohamed Fadehel Mahfoudh is a Tunisian lawyer. He has been president of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (ONAT) since 2013. In 1998 he became a member of the National Bar Association's Sfax Council, and in 2010 was elected its president
Interviewed by Emna Chihi on May 10, 2016
Note (Provenance)
Mohamed Fadehel Mahfoudh, Gift, transferred from Columbia Center for Oral History Research 2018
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Collections - General
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