Panel discussion - Justice at a Crossroads: The Legal Profession and the Rule of Law in the New Egypt, 2011

28 November 2011

On the first day of Egypt’s much anticipated parliamentary elections, 28 November 2011, the IBAHRI launched its new report Justice at a Crossroads: The Legal Profession and the Rule of Law in the New Egypt, at the House of Commons, London.

The report follows a high-level IBAHRI fact-finding mission to Egypt between 18 and 25 June 2011 to examine the challenges and opportunities for Egyptian lawyers in defending human rights. 

Panellists considered the main findings and conclusions of the IBAHRI report, spoke of what progress has been made to strengthen the rule of law since Egypt's revolution and looked ahead to consider key priorities for human rights reform for the new Parliament.

 

The discussion was moderated by Phillip Tahmindjis, IBAHRI Co-Director and the expert panel comprised:

  • Amal Alamuddin, Mission rapporteur and Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers;
  • Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House;
  • Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Egyptian Human Rights Activist; and
  • Mervat Rishmawi, Fellow, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex and former Legal Advisor to Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Listen to a recording of the IBAHRI panel discussion on Egypt:

Download the report
Download the executive summary and conclusions in Arabic