Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Revolution

  • Populist Constitutionalism

    —Paul Blokker, Charles University in Prague [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the joint I-CONnect/Verfassungsblog mini-symposium on populism and constitutional courts. An introduction to the symposium can be found here.] Populist engagement with constitution-making and constitutional reform forms a distinctive, and in significant ways worrying, tendency.

  • Egypt’s New Draft Constitution of 2013: An Introduction and Appraisal

    —Mohamed Arafa, Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University McKinney School of Law The Egyptian interim government supported by the Egyptian al–qwaat al–mosellaa(h) (military) recently released the new draft Egyptian Constitutional Charter. This draft Constitution is intended to replace, via amendment, the more Islamist–oriented de facto 2012 Constitution established during the recent reign of the Muslim Brotherhood (“MB”) under the leadership of the removed Islamist President Mohammad Morsi.

  • Recent Developments in Egypt: Interview with Mohamed Arafa

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of I-CONnect’s interview series, I speak with Mohamad Arafa about recent developments in Egypt. Professor Arafa teaches at Alexandria University in Egypt, where he specializes in constitutional, criminal and Islamic law. In our conversation, Professor Arafa provides an update on the latest developments in Egypt, discusses the proposed amendments to the suspended 2012 Egyptian Constitution, evaluates the role of Islamic law in constitutional interpretation, examines the prospects for democracy in Egypt, and addresses whether the events of June 30 amount to a coup, a revolution, or a counter-revolution.

  • Egypt: What’s Next?

    —Mohamed Abdelaal, Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Alexandria University, School of Law Was the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi on June 30 a popular revolution or a military coup? The debate is outdated. What is more important is that the events of June 30 returned Egypt to square one, right back where it started from in January 2011, when President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down under the pressure of massive popular demonstrations.

  • Awful Process, Terrible Ending and (Most likely) Disastrous Results

    —Andrew Arato, Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory, The New School No serious interpreter has claimed that the Egyptian constitution-making process has been satisfactory or even adequate. Even in the context of revolutionary populist constitution making to which this case belongs, the Egyptian version is distinguished by its inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies.

  • Tunisian Constitutionalism and Women’s Rights

    —Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law The world was in shock and awe in the winter of 2010 when Tunisia, a small North African country, was able to remove its twenty-three-year leader President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali from power in less than a month—and with relatively little violence.