Yussef Auf

Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Arab transitions, Constitutional Reform, Rule of Law


Egypt, Middle East, North Africa



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Recent Activity

  • May 05, 2016
    Read the Publication (PDF)With the meteoric rise of Islamic political movements in 2011, the issue of Sharia law has come to the forefront of a debate around the role of religion in governance. In his issue brief “Islam and Sharia
  • March 08, 2016
    Soon after the official results of Egypt’s parliamentary elections were announced, vigorous efforts were underway to form a dominant parliamentary coalition. The coalition, In Support of Egypt, emerged in an effort driven by former army general, Sameh Seif al-Yazal—the head
  • December 19, 2015
    After a three and a half year absence, the Egyptian parliament is back in business as the final rounds of election are coming to an end. A revote for thirteen seats is taking place in four constituencies, after which all
  • April 06, 2015
    Since its establishment in the 1960s, the military judiciary in Egypt has caused much controversy. This controversy persisted after the 2011 Revolution, despite substantial legal and constitutional changes on the issue. With acts of violence increasing across Egypt in the
  • February 28, 2015
    With the many legal challenges facing Egypt’s coming parliament, even if it is not dissolved by a ruling of the Supreme Constitutional Court, it may still be dissolved by the president. The political system in Egypt’s Constitution is a distorted
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Full Bio

In addition to being a nonresident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East focusing on constitutional issues, Islamic Shari'a, elections, and judicial matters, Yussef Auf is a legal and constitutional expert at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He has been a sitting judge in Egypt since 2007 and has been on leave from his judicial position since May 2015. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an agent for the public prosecutor. In these roles, he has supervised a variety of electoral processes including Egypt’s parliamentary and presidential elections and public referendums since 2004.

He holds an LLB and an LLM from Cairo University’s Law School (English Section) and a diploma in Islamic studies from the Cairo Institute of Islamic Studies. From 2011 to 2012, he was a Hubert Humphrey fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, where he trained with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) in the spring of 2012. Auf is a member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA). In 2013; he joined the Committee of 50, an organization tasked with writing the new Egyptian constitution, as an outside constitutional expert.

He has published work with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Sada, Foreign Policy, Egypt Independent, the Middle East Institute (MEI), Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, and other publications.