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SOAS academic publishes new book on the role of law in the Arab Spring

21 November 2017
Nimer Sultany, Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press 2017)

SOAS School of Law’s Dr Nimer Sultany has published a new book on the role of law in the Arab Spring.

Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism after the Arab Spring, explores the role of law and constitutions during societal upheavals, and critically evaluates the different trajectories they could follow in a revolutionary setting using the Arab Spring as a case study.

The book examines the constitutional order that preceded and followed the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, and Bahrain. It also provides the first thorough discussion of the trials of former regime officials in Egypt and Tunisia. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including an in-depth analysis of recent court rulings in several Arab countries, the book illustrates the contradictory roles of law and constitutions. The book also contrasts the Arab Spring with other revolutionary situations and demonstrates how the Arab Spring provides a laboratory for examining scholarly ideas about revolutions, legitimacy, legality, continuity, popular sovereignty, and constituent power.

Professor Lynn Welchman of the SOAS School of Law said of the book: “This study foregrounds Arab Spring experiences to reconsider theories on legitimacy, revolution, legality, and constitutionalism in an examination of the role of law and constitutions. It is a pleasure to read an account that offers so much empirically-grounded theoretical insight from experiences in Arab states by way of correction to, or development of, existing mainstream scholarship in these areas.”

The book will be published by Oxford University Press on 23 November.