Think Piece| Towards Comprehensive Justice Reform Strategies in the Arab Spring Countries

Adel Ibrahim Maged

Judge, Vice President | Court of Cassation

Oct 31 2012

This think piece sheds some light on the Arab Spring impact on the justice sector and attempts to develop a justice strategy for the Arab Spring countries, with special focus on Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. It is founded on the belief that without legal and justice strategies we cannot deliver efficient justice. It examines the components of such strategy and suggests a number of strategic goals pertinent to the
Arab Spring countries. It also attempts to identify the main actors who should envisage, design and execute such a strategy and the manner in which this should be done. The final goal of this think piece is to articulate efficient justice reform strategies for countries in transition, based on their culture and traditions, and concludes, on a predictive note, that in countries which have suffered dramatic revolutionary changes after authoritarian regimes, justice reform strategies should adopt measures, based on the rule of law, that implement transnational justice and bring about redress for victims of serious human rights violations.

Qura’n, Surat al-Maidah, 5:48:
"[J]udge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method."

This issue is further elaborated upon in a Think Piece published in Sam Muller and Stavros Zouridis (eds.), Law and Justice: A Strategy Perspective, TOAEP, 2012.

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