Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Special Program
Whither Egypt? Egypt between Fear and Reform in its Second Revolution

CLE: 1.0 Hours

Speaker: Mohamed A. Arafa, Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law; Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt)
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom (Room 100),Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shaun Dankoski at

Please join us for the following lecture titled: Whither Egypt? Egypt between Fear and Reform in its Second Revolution

Registration is now closed. We will accept walk-ins registration and CLE credit is still available.

The current environment in post-revolutionary Egypt is a timely subject all over the world. The rule of Egypt largely has been dictated by people in the street, having had two revolutions in a little more than two years. First was the Arab Spring of 2011—massive protests that toppled the three-decade, iron-fisted rule of Hosni Mubarak. Then, Egyptians dissatisfied with the democratically elected but increasingly dictatorial government of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammad Morsi took to the streets again, forcing him out with the aid of the nation’s military. June 30, July 3, and 26 events were not a military coup. It was the biggest mass protest in the history. The military assisted the people in achieving their dream after the failure of the Islamist government of Morsi. He promised educational, social, health and other reforms that he didn’t deliver. When it became clear that Morsi was attempting to instill a less flexible form of Islamic law, through constitutional reforms, the nation collectively said “no” to being led down to a theocracy. Egyptians are not going to accept religious rule. Egypt has a rich, secular tradition with a hybrid legal system based on Napoleonic code and very flexible Islamic law but there is widespread lack of respect for the rule of law. The debate on enhancing the rule of law is going to continue and going to take a while. Egyptians see the military leader as a hero of the moment, but they have no appetite for a military government. So, my presentation will focuses on law and politics in post-revolutionary Egypt, addressing whether June 30 events amount to a military coup (coup d’Etat), a revolution, or a counter-revolution. I will discuss the proposed amendments to the suspended 2012 Egyptian Constitution and the future of the human rights, evaluates the role of Islamic law in constitutional interpretation, the trial of the former President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood and comparing it to the trial of the century of former President Mubarak, and examines the prospects for democracy in Egypt.

Speaker Bio:

Mohamed ‘Arafa is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (USA). Professor ‘Arafa earned his Bachelor of Laws from Alexandria University Faculty of Law (English Department 2006), his Master of Laws in American Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut School of Law (2008), and his Doctoral degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (2013). He authored several law reviews articles in numerous U.S. journals on corruption; anti-bribery laws; anti-money laundering laws; economic, white-collar, and international crimes; Islamic law; Islamic criminal law; comparative criminal law; Middle Eastern and Egyptian politics. Most recently his book published in Germany entitled: Towards a New Anti-Corruption Law in Egypt After Mubarak: A Comparative Study Between the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Egyptian Anti-Bribery Law, and Islamic Law. He focuses his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law; criminal procedures; corporate crimes; white collar crimes; forensic science; criminology; therapeutic jurisprudence; Islamic law; Islamic criminal law; international criminal law; international human rights and humanitarian laws. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport. He is a member of The Arab Society for Commercial and Maritime Law; Council on International Law and Politics; The American Bar Association; The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution, Business Law, and Educational Committees; and The Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. Recently, he has been named to the editorial board of the UNITED STATES-CHINA LAW REVIEW as an “Honored Reviewer.”


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Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-8036 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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