The Middle East Institute is proud to host Sahar F. Aziz, associate professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University, and Mirette F. Mabrouk, deputy director for Regional Programs at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, for a discussion about the impact and implications of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Mirette Mabrouk will provide a macro-perspective of the current situation and discuss some of the key turning points that precipitated the recent crisis. Building upon this framework, Sahar Aziz, who was in Egypt during the recent protests, will analyze the role of law in the lead up to the current political crisis as well as key legal issues facing Egypt as its people continue to demand meaningful democracy. Together, the panelists will offer a first-hand account of events as they unfolded on the ground and look ahead at Egypt's uncertain political trajectory.
Sahar F. Aziz joined the faculty of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2011 as an associate professor of law. Prior to joining Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Professor Aziz was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she taught national security and civil rights law. Professor Aziz served as a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she worked on law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil rights. Prior to joining DHS, Professor Aziz was an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits alleging a nationwide pattern and practice of gender discrimination in pay and promotion. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on the post-9/11 era, as well as rule of law and democracy promotion in post-revolution Egypt. She is president of the board of directors of the Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA).
Mirette F. Mabrouk is currently the deputy director for regional programs at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and formerly served as the director of communications for the Economic Research Forum. She is also a nonresident fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. In January 2009, she relinquished her post as associate director for Publishing Operations at the American University in Cairo Press to take up a fellowship at Brookings. She is the founding publisher of The Daily Star Egypt, (later renamed The Daily News Egypt), the country's only independent English-language daily newspaper. Ms. Mabrouk has served as a board member of the Egyptian Chapter of Young Arab Leaders, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to development. She has also served on the board of a non-governmental organization called Masr Habibti. She is a member of the Brains Trust at the Evian Group, a fair-trade advocacy think tank based in Lausanne, Switzerland and is also involved with the Aspen Institute (Washington DC) as a member of the Arab-U.S. Media Forum.