Middle East North Africa (MENA) Constitutional Advocates
Yussef Auf
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 […]
Farea Al Muslimi
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: […]
Tamer Mallat
Tamer is the co-founder and editor in chief of 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 […]
Zahra’ Langhi
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 […]
Salem Mostafa Kamel
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 […]
Hanouf Al Hazzaa
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 […]
Islam I. Chiha
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 […]
Karim El Chazli
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 […]
Krystel-Rare Bassil
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, […]
Salwa Abdel Wahed
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.


 –  Latest News-Yemenis to Watch: Farea Al-Muslimi, Yemen Times, 25 July 2013

Yemen’s New Government Retains Bad Old Habits, Farea Al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor, 25 July 2013

Ashraf Riffi can now plan his political path, Tamer Mallat, The Daily Star, 23 July 2013

Yemen’s National Dialogue Paralyzes Government, Farea Al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor, 10 July 2013

Viability of Yemen’s New Political Parties Questioned, Farea Al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor, 3 July 2013

A Lawyer’s Perspective on Egypt’s Economic Woes (Part I): Karim Hafez interviewed by Tamer Mallat, Arabs Think, 2 July 2013

المرحلة الانتقالية في مصر: الثورة والقضاء, يوسف عوف, النهار, 2 تموز 2013

خواطر على هامش مؤتمر العدالة , الشرق , كريم االشاذل ,26  مايو 2013

The Morsi Government’s Faltering Steps, Yussef Auf, EgyptSource, 20 May 2013

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) (transcript)

My village was attacked by US drones in Yemen, Farea al-Muslimi, al-Monitor, 18 April, 2013

Negotiating Chaos, Farea al-Muslimi, Executive, 16 April 2013

The Social Transformation of Yemen’s Youth Revolution, Farea al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor, 15 April 2013

Yussef Auf on “Eye on Democracy 326”, Al Hurra, 6 April 2013 (in Arabic)

Egypt’s Fallen Police State Gives Way to Vigilante Justice, Mara Revkin and Yussef Auf, The Atlantic, 3 April 2013

Can Yemen Talk Its Way to Peace?, Farea al-Muslimi, Laura Kasinof, Foreign Policy, 22 March 2013

Women’s Rights and the New Arab Constitutions, Women in Foreign Policy Meeting, Zahra’ Langhi and Fatemah Khafagy,  Council on Foreign Relations, 4 March 2013 (audio)

TUNIS UPDATE – Now online – interviews conduced by RN Associate Mara Revkin (15 January 2013) with Yussef Auf and Zahra’ Langhi.

US drones blow up any hope of close ties with Yemenis, Farea Al Muslimi, The National, 26 February 2013

Once Again – The Unconstitutionality of the Electoral Law, Yussef Auf, EgyptSource, 21 February 2013

شرعية الحكم ابتداءً وانتهاءً   يوسف عوف –  اليوم السابع ,15 فبراير 2013

تأملات فى المادة 76 من الدستور الجديد, كريم الشاذلى, الشروق,  6 يناير 2013

America’s killing machines: Yemenis pay in blood for Washington’s automated war, Farea al-Muslimi, Executive, 06 February 2013

الحوار الوطنى على هدى الإسلام  يوسف عوف –  اليوم السابع ,1 فبراير 2013

Constitutional Protection of Individual Rights under Terrorism Laws: Toward a New Egyptian Anti-Terrorism Law – A Comparative Study of Egypt, the United States, and International Law, Islam I. Chiha, Lambert, 2013

The Underside of the Revolution – Tamer Mallat, Arabs_Think, 30 January 2013

Yussef Auf on AlJazeera – commenting on the Egyptian political and security crisis, 28 January 2013

Why Libya’s revolution didn’t work and what might – Zahra’ Langhi at TEDxWomen, December 2012