Hatem Kotrane
TitleMr.
Nationality Tunisia
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/13/2003
Date Term Expires 02/28/2011
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Main professional activities:
- 1993-2000 Expert consultant for UNICEF, in particular providing support for the drafting of State reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Tunisia (1994 and 1999), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1997) and Oman (1998); and at numerous seminars on various subjects related to the rights of the child (Beirut, 1997; Riyadh, 1997; Muscat, 1998; Tehran, 2000)
- 1993-1999 ILO expert consultant for the revision of labour law in Yemen (Sanaa - 2001), Lebanon (Beirut - - 1993 and 1999) and Kuwait (Kuwait City - 1996-1997); for the preparation of labour law in Palestine (Ramallah - 1995 and 1998); and for moderating round-table discussions on international labour standards (Amman - 1997) and on the resolution of collective labour disputes (Muscat - 1997)
- Director of the National Institute of Labour and Social Studies (INTES), University of Tunis 3, 1991-1997
- Professor of private law since 1988
- Senior lecturer in private law since 1984 (passed the agrégation competitive examination in private law, session of 1984)
- Assistant lecturer in private law since 1982

Other relevant activities:
- Scientific and legal adviser of the Arab Institute of Human Rights (since 1999)
- President of the Conference of Arab States on the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme, UNESCO, Tunis, 1996
- Founding member and Vice President of the Tunisian Association of Social Law (1985-1995)
- Consultant and arbiter (domestic and international arbitration)
- General Rapporteur of the Conference of French-speaking Countries, in preparation for the
World Conference on Human Rights, Libreville (Gabon), 1993
- Member of the official delegation of Tunisia to the World Conference on Human Rights,
Vienna, 1993
- Member of the Higher Committee on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (since 1991)
- Visiting professor at the Montesquieu University of Bordeaux IV (1989), and the University of Nice (1990), and associate professor at the University of Paris VII (1991)
- Executive member of the International Society for Labour Law and Social Security (since 1987)

Most recent publications in the field:
- 2002 Report of the independent expert on the question of a draft optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (document E/CN.4/2002/57, 12 February 2002)
- 2002 La justiciabilité des droits culturels, report submitted to the "Diversité et droits culturels" round table organised by the International Organisation of la Francophonie in collaboration with the Arab Institute of Human Rights, Tunis, 21-23 September 2002 (forthcoming)
- 2001-2002 Droit des obligations: le contrat et la responsabilité civile, CPU, Tunis (in preparation)
- 2001-2002 Traité de droit du travail tunisien, CPU, Tunis (in preparation)
- 2000 Le droit tunisien du travail et les mutations internationales, in Mélanges Habib Ayadi, CPU, Tunis
- 2000 Liberté, égalité, solidarité: actualité en droit du travail, in Mélanges Mohamed Charfi, CPU, Tunis (forthcoming)
- 2000 Mondialisation de l'économie et défi de la cohésion sociale, CPU, Tunis
- 2000 "The Tunisian child protection code: general principles and protection mechanisms", lecture given in Tehran as part of the training seminar organized under UNICEF auspices (Tehran)
- Stratégie de promotion de l'intégration nationale et de l'harmonie sociale: éducation aux droits de l'homme, rôle des media et rôle de la société civile, research paper for the Office of the United Nations High - Commissioner for Human Rights, expert seminar on "The prevention of ethnic and racial conflicts in Africa", 4 6 October 2000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- 1999 Le code de protection de l'enfant (annotated), UNICEF publications, Tunis
- 1999 "Le droit à l'éducation des catégories vulnérables dans le respect de leur identité: le cas des enfants immigrés", lecture given in Messina (Italy) as part of the international seminar organized by the International Centre for Sociological, Penal and Penitentiary Research and Studies, UNESCO (forthcoming)
- 1998 "La clause sociale, vue d'en bas", in Dimension sociale de la mondialisation de l'Economie", Comptrasec publication, Montesquieu University of Bordeaux IV
- 1997 "Les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels entre les espaces de la famille, de l'école et de l'entreprise", speech addressed on 10 December to the President of the Tunisian Republic on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, published in the Revue tunisienne de droit, 1997
- 1997 "Vers un nouveau droit de la mobilité", in Journées de l'entreprise, publication of the Arab Institute of Company Directors
- 1996 "Le Code de protection de l'enfant: Principes généraux et mécanismes de protection", in Arab Review of Human Rights, 1996
- 1995 Législation du travail, flexibilité du marché du travail et besoins de l'entreprise, in Travaux préparatoires au IXème plan de développement économique, Etude stratégique No. 10, Tunis
- 1995 Introduction à l'étude du droit, C.E.R.P, Tunis
- 1995 "Protection of the child in Tunisian labour law: current situation and prospects", in Public hearings on international child labour, U.S. Department of Labour, Washington, 1995
- 1993 La Tunisie et les droits de l'enfant, UNICEF publications, Tunis
Educational Background- Doctorate in social law, 1982, University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, thesis on the subject of public order in international social law
- Diplôme d'études approfondies (D.E.A.) in private international law and international commerce, 1981, University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne
- Diplôme d'études approfondies (D.E.A.) in social law, 1978, University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne
- Degree in private law, 1977, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Tunis
Current occupation Professor-Director, Department of Private Law in the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences, University of Tunis. Commission on Human Rights independent expert on the question of a draft optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
LanguageEnglish, Arabic and French
Working LanguageEnglish, French