The rule of law is key to delivering societies that are accountable, transparent, and just. Yet the MENA region’s legal and judicial developments are under-studied and rarely part of the policy discourse, while lawyers are under-resourced and at risk for their work.
TIMEP’s Legal Unit recognizes the instrumental role that the law and legal community play in protecting localized perspectives and shaping the societies in which these perspectives can thrive. Through research and documentation, the Legal Unit makes key legal and judicial developments understandable for policy audiences. Its support and advocacy work lends assistance to lawyers at risk individually and for their work; and its commitment to Arabic legal education is an investment in the future, helping guarantee that the legal community has access to the tools and skill set necessary to advance its contributions.
Unpacking legal and judicial developments is essential to a contextualized understanding of the MENA region and in proposing forward-thinking policy solutions. The Legal Unit’s research and documentation work explains the region’s top legal and judicial issues for a non-technical policy audience.
This joint report produced by the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and the Freedom Initiative (Fi) documents and investigates Egyptian authorities’ use of politically motivated travel bans and travel-related restrictions.
This brief delves into some of the primary issues affecting and implicating the country’s religious minorities, who are primarily Coptic Christian, but also include members of other Christian denominations, Jews, Shi‘a Muslims, Ahmadis, Quranists, Baha’is, and atheists.
On October 3, 2020, the parties signed the Juba Peace Agreement, which amended the Charter and incorporated rebel leaders into the transitional coalition. The Draft Constitutional Charter, as amended, serves as Sudan’s interim constitution and roadmap for the country’s transition.
As lawyers increasingly face reprisal for their legal defense work and exercise of fundamental freedoms, accessing the international legal and policy space can lend them protection and bolster their domestic efforts. The Legal Unit’s support and advocacy work protects lawyers at risk as human rights defenders and complements their work on-the-ground while leveraging international legal and policy tools.
Ahead of the country’s upcoming fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle set to take place in November 2022, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have submitted an alternative report documenting a deterioration in press freedom, as a result of both law and practice.
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) have submitted an alternative civil society report ahead of Tunisia’s upcoming fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle in November 2022, documenting a deterioration in press freedom and the safety of journalists as a result of law and practice.
Particularly following 2016-2017 protests that took place in the northern region of Rif, there has been a steady increase in attacks against journalists and restrictions to freedom of expression in Morocco in recent years. Ahead of the country’s upcoming fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle set to take place in November 2022, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have submitted an alternative civil society report documenting the deterioration of press freedom in Morocco as a result of both law and practice.
Recognizing the deteriorating state of legal education in the region and the limited availability of context-specific, accessible international legal resources, the Legal Unit’s education work is an investment in the future of the legal community that crafts and offers practical Arabic learning tools, including courses, trainings, and legal guides.
As governments around the world consider and adopt targeted sanctions programs that target human rights abusers and corrupt persons, Human Rights First and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) are releasing a joint Q&A fact sheet that explains the Global Magnitsky sanctions program of the United States, its relevance and applicability to the […]
TIMEP releases “Effective Communication between the Lawyer and Defendant and the Right to a Fair Trial: A Guide for Lawyers in Egypt,” authored by human rights lawyer and legal researcher Adel Ramadan.