Middle East North Africa (MENA) Constitutional Advocates
Yussef is an Egyptian judge and 2012 Humphrey Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Constitutional Law and Political Systems at Cairo University. He holds degrees (LL.B. & LLM) in law from Cairo University, as well as a degree in Islamic studies from the High Institute for […]
Hanouf is a lecturer in International Law at Princess Nora Bin Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh and a LL.M candidate (2013) at Harvard Law School specializing in international human rights law. Following her graduation in the top ten of the first class of women to graduate from law school in Saudi Arabia in 2008, she […]
Farea is a Yemeni youth activist and writer. He is a co-founder of many local youth initiatives and is a regular commentator on Yemen’s affairs in international media outlets. He is a recent graduate of the Public Policy and Transitional Justice program at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Farea testifying on “Drone Wars: […]
Islam is an Assistant Professor of Public Law at Alexandria University School of Law. He received his Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) from Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, a LL.M from University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Master of Public Law and LL.B from the French Department at Alexandria University […]
Tamer is the co-founder and editor in chief of ArabsThink.com. Tamer writes on Syrian and Lebanese politics and US foreign policy in the Middle East. He has also written for The Daily Star (Lebanon) and Al-Ayyam (Syria). He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2011 at Sciences Po Paris, and is specialized in the Middle East […]
Karim is a PhD Student at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Previously, he obtained a Licence from the Faculty of Law of Cairo University and a Master’s in Private International Law from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, where he has been a Teaching Assistant for five years. In addition to teaching Introduction to Law, Civil Procedure, Contract […]
Zahra’ is a Libyan gender specialist, civil society strategist, political activist advocating for peace, human rights and women’s leadership, scholar, and researcher in the field of Middle Eastern history, metaphysics, mysticism, and female spirituality in comparative religions. She is the cofounder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP), a pressure group/movement advocating for women’s socio-political […]
Krystel-Rare is a LL.M. student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, with a focus on Law in the Middle East and North Africa region with a particular emphasis on Islamic law, and law and societies in the region. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, […]
Salem is a legal consultant with ABA-ROLI in Egypt having previously worked as a legal assistant for Alcatel-Lucent and as a corporate attorney for Amlak Real Estate and Finance. Prior to his current position he was legal analyst at the Carter Center where he was responsible for analyzing laws and regulations issued from the High […]
Salwa is a Coordinator of Programmes at Generations For Peace, a global initiative operating in more than 46 countries and territories with a focus from its Amman office on projects related to the MENA region. A 2010 graduate of the University of Jordan, she served as an intern for FAO-Italy working on the Nutrition Country […]
Right to Nonviolence with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy brought together youth and minority leaders from the Middle East and North Africa with strong legal backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to rights activism, to participate in a year-long discussion series organized to foster a regional network of advocates for rule of law and experts in constitutional reform.The program, “Informing the Constitutional Moment“, convened prominent international and regional expertise – judges, lawyers, scholars, and activists – with promising youth likely to play leading roles in their societies in the future. Additional information about each MENA Advocate is available by clicking on the photos.
The MENA Advocates joined prominent experts and activists for a 2-day opening workshop, “Integrating Islamic/Middle Eastern legal traditions in a 21st century constitution”, on January 15-16, 2013 in Tunis. Subsequent work in the program was built on the initial intensive discussion and formation of a youth working group. Three subsequent virtual sessions were conducted based on separate background papers prepared by Judge Yussef Auf, Zahra’ Langhi, and Farea al-Muslimi. Topics addressed were the role of women in public life after the elections in Libya, the judiciary and the revolution in Egypt, and the work of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the National Dialogue Conference in Yemen.
Farea al-Muslimi appeared before a US Senate Subcommittee (SH-216) hearing on constitutional and counterterrorism implications of USG use of drones, 23 April, 2013 (video
TUNIS UPDATE – Now online – interviews conduced by RN Associate Mara Revkin (15 January 2013) with Yussef Auf
and Zahra’ Langhi