PoliticsMar 02, 2023
Towards a More Democratic, Transparent, and Efficient Parliament in Lebanon: Opportunities for Reform
This is the culminating event for a project lead by LCPS, which examines the workings of Lebanon’s parliament, with a focus on its structure, organizational dynamics, and responsibilities.
During 2022, the Center invited a number of members of parliament, legal experts, and civil society representatives to three roundtable discussions on parliament’s rules of procedures, legislative output and oversight function. LCPS researchers further compiled the minutes of the General Assembly (GA) sessions, as well as yearly reports by the General Secretariat on the work of the GA and the parliamentary committees from 2019 to 2021.
Based on the data collected, legal expert and research associate Nermine Sibai will present a policy paper providing a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the parliament's performance. Her paper will specifically look at some of the main political and institutional factors that have undermined the work of the parliament and propose a set of recommendations to facilitate the legislative process.
The second session aims to engage civil society participants in an open discussion on the most pressing areas for parliamentary reform and how civil society organizations working on this issue can coordinate their efforts to bring about change.