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Yussef Auf

Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Constitutional Reform


Egypt, Middle East, North Africa



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  • February 03, 2014
    The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East has added new nonresident fellows who will advance the Center’s mission of bringing North American and European voices together with experts from the Middle East to foster policy-relevant dialogues about the
  • January 14, 2014
    Perhaps one of the most significant aspects of the new draft constitution trumpeted by its supporters is its stipulation that the state is required to increase government spending on education, healthcare, higher education and scientific research. Article 18 of the
  • January 10, 2014
    Despite an increasingly volatile security situation and political climate, Egyptians are heading to the polls for the third time in less than three years to cast their votes on a new constitution. Given the state of the country however, the
  • December 19, 2013
    As Egypt’s constitution writing process has come to an end, and the country is once again gearing up to go to the polls in mid-January in a nationwide referendum, it is worth noting the process that resulted in the drafting
  • December 06, 2013
    As the fifty-member committee tasked with amending the suspended 2012 Constitution has finished its work, criticism of the committee, its formation and its amended text have continued. Undoubtedly, the most significant criticism of the committee is the fact that it
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Yussef Auf is a nonresident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where he focuses on constitutional issues, Islamic Shari'a, elections, and judicial matters. He has been a judge in Egypt since 2007. 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 the 2004 and 2005 parliamentary elections, the 2005 presidential election, and the 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2014 public referendums. 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.

He is currently pursuing a PhD in constitutional law and political systems at Cairo University's Law School, where he also serves as a lecturer in Islamic law.

From 2011 to 2012, he was a Hubert Humphrey fellow at American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He trained with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) in the spring of 2012. He is a member of the Egyptian American Rule Of Law Association (EARLA).

His work has appeared in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Sada), Foreign Policy, Egypt Independent, Middle East Institute (MEI), Aljazeera Centre for Studies and other publications.