Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsArab transitions, Constitutional Reform, Rule of Law
RegionsEgypt, Middle East, North Africa
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February 02, 2018The presidential decree issued on October 10, 2017 re-declaring state of emergency for three months, raised widespread debate. This decree was the third of its kind in 2017. Egypt has a long history of exceptional laws (the emergency law being…
January 16, 2018Yussef Auf in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: The Battle Over Appointing Judges in Egypt
May 05, 2016Read 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, 2016Soon 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, 2015After 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…
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.