The Law Library, along with the Libraryâ€™s African and Middle Eastern Division,Â will hold a Â panel discussionÂ on the role and impact of Islamic law in transitioning Arab Spring countries. The program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building,101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
The panelists, guided by moderator Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division, willÂ focus on the role of Shariâ€™a law in the recent and ongoing constitutional drafting processes of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Further discussion will include theÂ impact of Islamic law on the legal systems of Arab Spring states withÂ particular emphasis onÂ personal status issues. TheÂ compatibility of Shariâ€™a law and human rights along with theÂ challenges facing women and minorities in transitioning Arab Spring countries will beÂ addressed as well.
The distinguished panel will include Nathan J. Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; Lama Abu-Odeh, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center; and Issam Saliba, Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress.
Mark your calendars for thisÂ informative event (and share with your friends on our Facebook page)! For those of our readers who will not be able to make it to the event, we will have a member of the In Custodia Legis team attend on your behalf and blog about it afterwards.Â Â We will also live tweet the event via ourÂ @LawLibCongressÂ TwitterÂ accountÂ and use the hashtag #ArabSpring .