Zied Lahari is Tunisia’s Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation. Mr. Ladhari joined his last position after spending more than a year as Minister of Industry and Trade. He is a lawyer and international legal expert. Born March 30, 1975 in Sousse, he is married with one child.
He studied law at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis where he obtained a Master of Laws followed by a postgraduate degree in private law. In parallel with his law studies, he began evening classes in Economics and Finance at the Institute of Higher Commercial Studies (IHEC) in Tunis. In December 2000, he went to France to continue his studies.
In Paris, he graduated from the Sorbonne University with a postgraduate degree focusing on international and comparative law and the law of Arab countries and a second postgraduate degree in banking and finance law. He also holds the Certificate of Aptitude to the Profession of Lawyer obtained at the Training School of Lawyers from the Court of Appeal of Paris. In parallel, he studied political science and international relations at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, one of the largest specialized institutions in France.
Mr. Ladhari was auditor of the Academy of International Law at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. He also studied comparative law at Columbia University in New York.
He was admitted as a lawyer to the National Order of Lawyers of Tunisia in 2001. He began to practice the profession in international law firms in Paris before passing the examination of access to the profession of lawyer in France. He was also admitted as a lawyer to the Court of Appeal of Paris. Mr. Ladhari specialized in economic and financial affairs, in particular in international economic law and international contract and investment law.
In this capacity, he participated in advising many African States, international organizations and international companies on the implementation of major international development projects in African countries. His practice as a lawyer also includes state defense missions in the settlement of international disputes, particularly in the context of resolving disputes between states and foreign investors.