Panel discussion - Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Prosecutors in Egypt, 10 February 2014

 

On 10 February 2014, the IBAHRI held a panel discussion on the independence of the judiciary and prosecution services in Egypt, at The Law Society of England and Wales. At a time when Egypt’s two last presidents are on trial, and amid calls for intervention by the International Criminal Court, the timely discussion addressed the key challenges for independent trials in Egypt. Moderated by Jonathan Rugman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News, speakers included Amal Alamuddin, a UK barrister specialising in international law and human rights, and the mission's rapporteur; and Nasser Amin, Executive Director of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession, an NGO based in Cairo, Egypt.

The event marked the launch of the IBAHRI report Separating Law and Politics: Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Prosecutors in Egypt.  The report follows the visit of an IBAHRI delegation of legal experts to Egypt in June 2013. The panel discussed the main findings and conclusions of the IBAHRI fact-finding mission, which provides insight into issues relating to the independence of the judiciary and prosecution immediately prior to the fall of the Morsi regime, as well as during the dramatic political transition in recent months.

The IBAHRI has produced a short film which gives background to the report, highlights some of the report's findings and shares selected recommendations: