video American University of Beirut (AUB), Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: International Justice or International Intervention”, Dec. 2011

The UN in the Arab World program and the Human Rights Project at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture titled “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: International Justice or International Intervention?”. In the lecture, Omar Nashabe, a criminal justice expert, columnist, and founder of the Research Unit at Al-Akhbar newspaper, and Nidal Jurdi, AUB lecturer in international law and organizations, discuss the impact of international criminal law and the role of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Karim Makdisi, AUB international politics professor and IFI’s associate director, moderated the discussion.

video American University of Cairo (AUC Forum Panel), “Egyptian Views on Justice and Accountability”, Talk with Judy Barsalou, Nov. 18, 2012

Panel with Judy Barsalou, visiting scholar, department of political science at the American University in Cairo and Former Ford Foundation Representative for the Middle East and North Africa Region. Barsalou addressed questions such as: What attitudes and expectations do Egyptians convey about achieving justice and accountability at present? Do they support due process and the rule of law? What are their priorities when it comes to different possible transitional justice interventions? Findings from detailed survey data and in-depth interviews were shared in this panel discussion. The panel was chaired by Bahgat Korany, AUC Forum Director.

video International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), “Legal Reform and the Arab Spring”, Panel Debate, May 13, 2012.

At the occasion of its ten year anniversary, ILAC hosted a panel debate on the topic “Legal Reform and the Arab Spring — Is There a Role for the International Community?”. The panel incldued: Samir Annabi, Tunisian attorney and head of the recently established Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency; Raji Sourani, Palestinian lawyer, President of Arab Organisation for Human Rights and Executive Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights; Jan Thesleff, Sweden’s ambassador to Tunis and Libya.

video Portland Community College, “Diplomatic Stalemate and Democratic Revolts: Making Sense of a Middle East in Transition”, Talk by Rami Khouri (AUB, IFI), October 2011.

AUB IFI Director and Editor-at-Large of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper, columnist and journalist, Rami G. Khouri, talks about the uprisings sweeping across the Middle East and the declining role of the United States in the region. This program was sponsored by the Institute for Christian-Muslim Understanding.


video PBS News Hour, “Mubarak Trial an ‘Extraordinary Moment’ for Egypt”, Report, Aug. 3, 2011.

The trial of Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian strongman, began in 2011 with him pleading innocent to charges of corruption and presiding over the killing of nearly 900 protesters. Margaret Warner (PBS News Hour) discussed the trial’s significance with Harvard University’s Tarek Masoud and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook.