Professor Aziz discusses Egypt’s transition at Yale Law School

February 24, 2014

Sahar Aziz headshotProfessor Sahar Aziz presents the Role of Law in Revolution: Political & Legal Developments in Egypt’s Transition at Yale Law School, February 24, 2014. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief, will moderate the discussion.

Professor Aziz, President of the Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association, will offer her expert insights on Egypt’s transition process, identifying threats to the rule of law and discussing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The conversation with Professor Aziz is presented by the Middle Eastern & North African Law Students Association at Yale Law School and co-sponsored by the Muslim Law Students Association. The presentation is followed by a roundtable discussion with Aziz and Kirkpatrick on the transition in Egypt.

About Professor Sahar Aziz

Sahar F. Aziz is an Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law and President of the Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA). Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, Professor Aziz was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught national security and civil rights law. Professor Aziz served has also 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.

Professor Aziz writes on rule of law and democracy in Egypt, covering topics including gender rights, transparency laws, and election laws. Professor Aziz’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security and civil rights law, with special attention to the post-9/11 era. She incorporates critical race theory, feminist theory, and constitutional law into her examination of the disparate impact of post-9/11 laws and public policy on ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups in the United States.

Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America and published numerous commentaries on national security, civil rights, and rule of law in Egypt. Professor Aziz has presented her work in various forums including at U.S. Congressional Briefings, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Atlantic Council, and the Texas Bar Association.

Professor Aziz earned her J.D. and M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas in Arlington.

About David D. Kirkpatrick

Sahar Aziz headshotDavid D. Kirkpatrick has been a Middle East correspondent and the Cairo Bureau Chief of The New York Times since the beginning of the Arab Spring revolt in January 2011. He has covered the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria as well as the refugee crisis in Jordan.

Kirkpatrick has also been a contributor to The New York Times magazine, a contributing editor at New York magazine, and a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He has often written about religion and politics in the United States, focusing on the Christian conservative movement.

About Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association

EARLA is a nonprofit organization whose members are Egyptian-American lawyers and policy specialists experienced in legal practice, academia, government, non-profit management, grassroots leadership, and public policy. EARLA provides technical assistance to the legal reform community in Egypt. Learn more at