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Academic Commentary
9 Oct 2014
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Sunday ordered the release on bail of blogger and activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was imprisoned by Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in October 2011 for violating Egypt's controversial protest law and refusing to answer prosecutors' questions. The SCAF accuses [NPR report] … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Egypt has been sharply criticized by international organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) and HRW for its poor state of human rights before, during and after the 2011 revolution. Protestors demanded the overthrow of Mubarak for grievances related to police brutality, state of emergency laws, lack of free elections, freedom … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Egyptian Revolution began on January 25, 2011, when demonstrations arose throughout Egypt, including tens of thousands protesters gathering in the country's capital, Cairo. Inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia that ended with the resignation of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, Egyptian demonstrators demanded that Mubarak … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Mubarak's resignation from office was followed shortly by an announcement from SCAF that it would be lifting the country's emergency laws. Though the SCAF has attempted to democratize Egypt, its actions — as well as the very nature of this executory body — can be said to resemble the old … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Nov 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the Yale Law School says that a recent decree issued by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is unconstitutional and must be struck down by the judiciary in order to preserve the country's democratic revolution...I (Hammurabi, Pharaoh, president, speaker, street cleaner, seventh-year student at your local … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Children participating in protests during the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder] have been subject to police detention and torture, according to a recent finding [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday. The findings were based on numerous interviews of detained children, their families and lawyers. HRW … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Egypt President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced on Tuesday a general pardon [SIS report] issued in August for most people detained or convicted for crimes committed during and in support of the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder]. The pardon applies to all citizens who were arrested between … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The rule of law continues to deteriorate in Egypt [press release], and human rights abuses are occurring with alarming frequency, according to two reports released Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In the report [text, PDF] "Egypt: Brutality unpunished and unchecked: Egypt's military kill and torture protesters with … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday ordered a reduced sentence for a group of military officers who took part in opposition protests in April 2011. There were 22 officers, known as the April 8 Officers, arrested for their participation in protests [Egyptian Independent report] in support of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A lawyer in Egypt filed an appeal on Tuesday challenging a declaration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], granting himself as president complete legislative and executive power. The appeal was filed in a Cairo court [ANSA report] by lawyer Mohamed Salem. Morsi's declaration, which was … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court ruled Thursday that it does not have jurisdiction over two cases related to the decree issued by the newly elected President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to reconvene parliament and the constitutional declaration by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile] on Wednesday issued a statement saying he will respect the ruling of an Egyptian court suspending his decree to reconvene the parliament. Morsi said his order was not intended to challenge the authority of the court or the Supreme Council of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] of Egypt on Tuesday suspended the decree of President Mohammed Morsi calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The decision of the court will prevent the decree from taking effect [Ahram Online report] until the court can consider its legality. Morsi issued … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Egyptian parliament convened Tuesday in a brief session despite a court order dissolving the entire parliament. The session only lasted for five minutes [NPR report] but was still enough to deepen the tension between the newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] and the Supreme Council of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday issued a decree [text] calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The parliament was dissolved in June after the Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] of Egypt ruled that one-third of its members were elected illegally [JURIST report]. Although the court … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi on Thursday issued a decree appointing a fact-finding committee to investigate the deaths of protesters in last year's demonstrations. The committee is made up of 16 members [AP report] including judges, a state prosecutor, a general, a police commander and six representatives of victims' families. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, to end the pattern of human rights abuses committed by former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [Al Jazeera backgrounder]. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt's recent judgment disbanding the People's Assembly may result in a power imbalance between the three branches that could be exploited by a strong executive...There has been much criticism of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday expressed concern [press release] about recent actions taken by the Egyptian military to expand their power, saying the military's expansive power and lack of oversight puts citizens at risk. The rights group said recent decrees of the Supreme Council of the … [read more]

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