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Transitional Justice without Transition: Whither Egypt?

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Middle Eastern Studies Program


Transitional Justice without Transition: Whither Egypt?

A Talk by Mohamed ‘Arafa, Assistant Professor of Law at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt)

Legal scholars/activists cited that the core elements of a comprehensive Transitional Justice (TJ) strategy include criminal prosecutions/trials, principally those that address perpetrators considered to be the most accountable. Repressions, through which governments identify and take steps to address the injuries suffered. Such initiatives may include substantial components, as well as emblematic features (public apologies/memorialization). Also, institutional reform of offensive state institutions as the military, police enforcement, and courts, to dismantle appropriately the operational machinery of manipulations and preclude reappearance of grave human rights abuses and impunity along with the truth commissions. So, it is important to discuss TJ roots in Islamic legal system and track if it is compatible with the recent positive international norms, highlighting Egypt as a case study. 

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