Anti-Authoritarian Revolution and Law Reform in Egypt: A Jadaliyya E-Roundtable

[Cairo graffiti. Image from PressTV][Cairo graffiti. Image from PressTV]

[Our first Roundtable is moderated by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Lisa Hajjar]

Jadaliyya's Editorial Committee presents an electronic roundtable about the politics of revolution and law reform in post-Mubarak Egypt. The participants—Hussein Agrama, Asli Bali, Samera Esmeir and Tamir Moustafa—have contributed responses to a set of questions we posed to them. The information they provide and the differences of opinion and emphasis among them will, hopefully, stimulate further discussion and debate about these issues in our e-pages and beyond.



Since the Mubarak presidency ended on February 11, 2011, the debate has shifted from how—or if—to amend the existing Egyptian constitution to how to replace/rewrite it. What, in your opinion, are the consequences of the suspension of the constitution to consolidating the gains and advancing the protesters’ aspirations for a post-authoritarian political order in Egypt?

TAMIR MOUSTAFA: Replacing the constitution was one of the central demands of pro-democracy activists. On the one hand, this suspension facilitates political reforms outside of the narrow proceduresthat were set out in the constitution. But this route forward also places the military outside of any legal framework. Amendments t

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