The AACL is pleased to announce the publication of its first annual Yearbook. The Yearbook is the first publication of its kind. It proposes to study modern constitutional developments in Arab countries in their historical context. The first edition of the Yearbook is the outcome of several years of effort by the Arab Association of Constitutional Law’s membership. The Yearbook includes 22 chapters, contributions from 21 authors, who stem from 10 different countries. The yearbook is edited by Zaid Al-Ali, Mahmoud Hamad, and Yussef Auf. Its contents focus on key constitutional issues in Arab countries, all of which are relevant to the post-2011 era. This Yearbook has four main sections:
Part I provides a general overview of the Arab constitutions that were drafted in the post-2011 era. The chapters in this part discuss the history of Arab constitutions before and after the Arab Spring and compare this reform process to Europe’s constitutional experience after World War II.
Part II, which is entitled “Tribunals and Revolution”, investigates the political role of Arab courts after 2011. The chapters in this section focus on judicial review, the protection of rights and liberties, the proposal to establish an international constitutional court and the principles on which the Arab constitutions should be interpreted.
Part III, entitled “A New context for the Protection of Rights”, explores constitutional provisions to safeguard rights and liberties, the right to non-discrimination, the implementation of economic and social rights and constitutional provisions that are designed to reduce economic inequality.
Part IV entitled “Social Justice and Financial Redistribution Mechanisms” highlights the significance of the equitable distribution of financial resources amongst local governments and the mechanisms for the distribution of revenues from natural resources.