about-us
The Journal of Constitutional Law in the Middle East and North Africa (JCL- MENA) is a venue for scholarly analysis on issues related to constitutions and constitutional law throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

JCL- MENA is dedicated to encourage greater discussion and critical analysis of constitutional and legal developments in the MENA region. Featuring articles by legal scholars and practitioners from the region, it facilitates access to information on regional constitutional issues and debates for the global community of practitioners and scholars.

JCL- MENA is founded, managed and edited by the Arab Association of Constitutional Law. The first issue was published in English in December 2020 exclusively online due to the Covid-19 spread at the time of the launch. The second issue was published in English and Arabic in December 2021, both online and in print. The first and second issues were published with the support of the Rule of Law Program Middle East/North Africa of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

JCL- MENA will publish one issue every year. It will also periodically publish special issues that will cover either a specific topic at the cutting edge of constitutional law or a single country undergoing significant constitutional transitions or transformations.

Arab Association of Constitutional Law (AACL)

Established in 2013, the Arab Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is the first regional network of constitution drafting experts in the Middle East and North Africa. AACL’s main objective is to contribute to good governance by promoting intra-regional learning. It also aims to provide objective, grounded and forward-thinking technical analysis of the region's constitutional frameworks and to apply its expertise to legal and constitutional reform efforts throughout the region.

Board Members

Executive Board

Halim Shebaya (executive member)
Halim Shebaya
Executive Director, Arab Association of Constitutional Law, Beirut.
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Academic Advisory Board

Salma Waheedi (board member)
Salma Waheedi
Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, International Human Rights Clinic; Associate Director, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World at Harvard Law School.
Zaid Al-Ali (board member)
Zaid Al-Ali
Lawyer specializing in comparative constitutional law and international commercial arbitration. Senior Adviser on Constitution-Building for the Arab Region at International IDEA.
Rainer Grote (board member)
Rainer Grote
Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and Public International Law, Heidelberg; Adjunct Professor of Public Law at the University of Gottingen, Germany.
Chibli Mallat (board member)
Chibli Mallat
Academic and practising lawyer. Recently retired from chairs as Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and the EU Jean Monnet Professor of Law at Saint Joseph University, Beirut.
Tamara El-Khoury (board member)
Tamara El-Khoury
Legal consultant at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg; Professor of Constitutional Law at IE University, Madrid and at Sciences Po Toulouse.
David Fontana (board member)
David Fontana
Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.

Editor

Lara Saade - editor

Lara Saade

Programs Manager at the Arab Association of Constitutional Law; Lawyer specializing in comparative constitutional law and international law.