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The Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in
the Middle East and North Africa Hosts Workshop in New York

NEW YORK CITY, May 16
On April 20-21, The Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa hosted a workshop: Law, Revolution and Reform in the Arab World. The workshop, organized by Cornell Law School professors Chantal Thomas and Aziz Rana, brought scholars together from across the country as well as from the Middle East, to consider the constitutional, legal, and political aspects of ongoing transitions in the Arab world.

“This is a step forward for the mission of the Clarke Initiative, which seeks to foster not only research but also published scholarship in this area,” said Chantal Thomas, director of the Initiative. Professor Thomas stressed the importance of this event “because the modern Middle East remains relatively understudied in our legal academy.”

The interdisciplinary group of scholars from political science, anthropology, law, sociology, and the humanities convened to look at legal transformations in the region from a variety of perspectives. “I’m thrilled with this group. These are all exciting scholars who are doing cutting edge work and really advancing their fields,” Thomas said.

Some of the subjects included: Mobilizing the Law After Egypt’s Revolution; After the Arab Spring, the Constitutional Challenge; and Ethnic and Religious Pluralism in the New Arab Order: Regional Approaches. Thomas said that the invitees presented works-in-progress, which they hope to assemble for an edited volume.

--Kathleen Corcoran