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Tunisia’s Draft Preamble

Zaid Al-Ali of International IDEA has provided a translation of the Draft Preamble of the new Tunisian Constitution. What is noteworthy to me is the predictability of the text. There are very few surprises, perhaps the biggest surprise is the continuity with older tropes in Arab politics. The Preamble references the fight against oppression back

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Published on April 30, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, preambles, Tom Ginsburg, Tunisia, Zaid Al-Ali

Brown on Egypt: Anton Chekhov at the OK Corral

[Note: the following appeared today at under the title “Egypt’s transition imbroglio”. Thanks to FP and to Nathan Brown for letting us re-post] The phrase “Egyptian transition process” has become tragicomically oxymoronic in light of the dizzying series of developments over the past month. More metaphorically, events have driven entire herds of elephants stampeding

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Published on April 17, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Nathan Brown

Egypt suspends constitutional assembly

Egypt’s muddled constitution-making process continues to befuddle. Yesterday the Supreme Administrative Court suspended the constituent assembly as unrepresentative and in violation of Article 60 of the constitutional declaration passed in 2011. The decision, which carried no explanation, is a bit puzzling as Article 60 does not provide any criteria for membership of the 100-member assembly.

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Published on April 11, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Tom Ginsburg

Arab Spring Constitutionalism

A piece I wrote on Constitutional reform in the Arab World was recently published by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as expert commentary. Special thanks to Tom Ginsburg who helped me a great deal with his knowledge of the region. I would very much welcome any comments or responses from ComparativeConstitutions readers. — Caveat

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Published on April 4, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Arab Spring, Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, Egypt, Lybia, Tom Ginsburg, Tunisia

Egypt on the agenda

There has been a lot of attention to Egypt this past month, as the constitution-making process continues to move along; our occasional contributor Tamir Moustafa has an excellent and thorough analysis for the Brookings Center available here. Yesterday’s report that the Muslim Brotherhood has decided to run a presidential candidate marks an important turning point

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Published on April 1, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Tamir Moustafa, Tom Ginsburg