Noha AboueldahabNoha Aboueldahab, a IGLP Alum and PhD Candidate at Durham University’s law school, would like to share her recent article “A Tale of Two Constitutions: The Divergent Paths of Egypt and Tunisia”.

Opening paragraph:

In the continuing saga of the Arab Spring, January 2014 saw the adoption of two new constitutions in Egypt and Tunisia. The drafting process and the content of these two constitutions, however, reveal just how differently the transitions in Egypt and Tunisia have taken shape. Tunisia has been lauded for the transparent and participatory way in which its National Constituent Assembly drafted the document over the course of two years. Egypt, on the other hand, ploughed through several amendments to its constitution during six months of political turmoil and violence. While the Islamists and the secularists in Tunisia managed to compromise and agree on the final provisions of the constitution, the Muslim Brotherhood was entirely excluded from the drafting process in Egypt and was designated a ‘terrorist organisation’ in December 2013. Islamist-secularist tensions, however, are but one of the contentious issues that plagued the constitution drafting process in Egypt and Tunisia. This article provides an overview of other contentious factors that shaped the constitution building process in Egypt and Tunisia.  More…

Article published online at E-International Relations