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RN is engaged in a strong partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy and is currently implementing with its support the program “Informing the Constitutional Moment” focused primarily on providing senior expertise to the development of a strong network of youth constitutional advocates from the MENA region.

 

Summary of Events and Outputs

Program: Informing the Constitutional Moment
Period: October 2012 – September 2013

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Events 

Tunis Conference 15-16 January 2013

  • Topic: Integrating Islamic/Middle Eastern legal traditions in a 21st century constitution
  • Panelists: Dr. Baber Johansen; Sayyed Hasan Bahr al’Ulum, Dr. Chibli Mallat; Mr. Ahmed Karaoud; Dr. Ilyes Zine

Skype conference – 07 April 2013

Skype conference – 21 May 2013

Skype conference -  06 August 2013 

Outputs

A. Tunis Conference – Integrating Islamic/Middle Eastern legal  traditions in a 21st century constitution, January 2013:

  1. Audio of full conference proceedings (available upon request)
  2. Transcripts of full conference proceedings in Arabic (provisional version available upon request)
  3. Session notes in English – Submitted with Q2 report -  29 April 2013
  4. Photo montage Tunis (Eng)
  5. Photo montage Tunis (Ar)
  6. Background paper: “Writing the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution into a Constitution”, Chibli Mallat, 2012 (English)
  7. Background paper:   العقل والنقل في التشريع الإسلامي  – السيد حسن بحر العلوم                 

B. Other

  1. Background paper for Skype session 7 April 2013, “Women’s Role in Public Life after the Elections, A Participatory Experience in Libya – Women’s Battle for the Elections”, Zahra’ Langhi, 2013 (English)
  2. Background paper for Skype Session 21 May 2013, “The Revolution and the Judiciary: the inevitable confrontation”, Yussef Auf, 2013 (Arabic)
  3. Audio of Skype conferences [password protected - send access request to advocates@righttononviolence.org]
  4. Translations – provisional  versions available upon request
    • Arabic translation of “The Relationship Between the Constitution, the Sharî‟a and the Fiqh: The Jurisprudence of Egypt‟s Supreme Constitutional Court” by Baber Johansen (original paper in English distributed as background material for conference)
    • Arabic translation by RN:  “Writing the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution into a Constitution” by Chibli Mallat, (distributed as background material for conference)
    • Arabic translation of Women’s Role in Public Life after the Elections, A Participatory Experience in Libya – Women’s Battle for the Elections”, Zahra’ Langhi
  5. Video interview with RN MENA Advocate Zahra' Langhi on the legal situation in Libya
  6. Video interview with RN MENA Advocate Yussuf Auf on the legal situation in Egypt
  7. RN ‘platform’ for MENA Constitutional Advocates
  8. Facebook page for MENA Constitutional Advocates
  9. MECF:
  10. Video and constitutional sources:
    • Lebanon
      Carlos Edde on situation relating to bombings
    • Syria
      Prof. Mallat on situation in Libya and Syria
    • Egypt, several secondary sources
      New Constitution in Egypt
    • Yemen, several secondary sources
      RN MENA Advocate Farea al-Muslimi testifying in front of US Senate
  11. Upcoming: “Discover Section” on MECF website, including interviews with experts on constitutional processes