The judiciary in post-Gaddafi Libya

“The judiciary [in Libya] was unable to keep itself independent from the political crisis”, holds Salah al-Marghani, former Minister of Justice in Libya (2012 – 2014).

Al-Marghani explains the plight of the Libyan judiciary to perform its functions amidst increasing violence and targeted offences, which lead to its suspension in several regions of the country.

While some advances have been made to re-unite the split judiciary of the competing governments, al-Marghani emphasises that these efforts will only succeed once Libya reaches a state of peace and security.

The interview was recorded in Leiden on September 9, 2015. Mr Salah al-Marghani was in the Netherlands to partake in a panel-discussion titled: “Libya: Making a Constitution in Turbulent Times. Expectations, Challenges and Alternatives“. This event was organized by the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden University’s Faculty of Law and the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS).