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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Yussef Auf is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He has been a judge in Egypt since 2002. 

From 2002 to 2007 he served as an agent for the Public Prosecutor. From 2007-2015, Auf was a judge in civil, labor and personal status (Islamic sharia-based) courts. Auf is currently on leave from his judicial position and has been a Middle East and North Africa research fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany since August 2016. Prior to joining the Max Planck Foundation, he was a legal and constitutional expert at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). 

He holds law degrees from Cairo University's Law School (English Section) and a diploma in Islamic studies from the High Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt. 

From 2011-2012 he was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC where he studied constitutional law and political science. He also trained with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) in the spring of 2012. In 2013, he joined the fifty-member committee tasked with writing the new Egyptian constitution as an outside constitutional expert. He is a member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA), and a board member of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law. 

His work has appeared in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Sada, Foreign Policy, Egypt Independent, Middle East Institute (MEI), Aljazeera Centre for Studies, and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.