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North African Legal Resources (Maghreb and Egypt): Getting Started

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In the wake of Arab Spring in December 2010, or also known as Arab Awakening, almost all the countries listed in this Libguide - Algeria, Egypt, Lybia, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia - were affected in one way or another. Governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Lybia were overthrown and replaced by a new non-authoritarian government and even with a new constitution for Egypt and Tunisia. Algeria faced major public protested which lifted the 19-year-old state of emergency, Morocco had constitutional reforms, and Mauritania, even though with a lesser publicity, experienced public protests.

This background is to explain that any of the laws in this Libguide for these countries are vulnerable to drastic changes sooner or later due to their political instability in this period. However, in case of any changes, alongside the updates, the older sources here will be useful for legislative history.

This Libguide is in part made in a hope that political stability and rule of law will soon come about in this region.

Hyun-Ki "Brian" Kim authored this Research Guide as part of the course requirements for the fall 2013 Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Advanced Legal Research course. Mr. Kim, who is fluent in English and Korean, was a member of the Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems (TLCP), and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in December 2014.

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