The Arab Spring

New Patterns for Democracy and International Law


Editors: Carlo Panara and Gary Wilson
The Arab Spring: New Patterns for Democracy and International Law explores a number of critical issues brought to the forefront of the international community as a result of the uprisings which began in the Middle East and North Africa in early 2011. Particularly prominent among these are issues concerning the right to democracy within international law, self-determination, recognition of newly installed governments, the use of force for humanitarian purposes, protection of human rights, and the prosecution of international crimes. This important volume brings together a multitude of fresh voices, and as events in the Arab world continue to unfold, is certain to make a valuable contribution to a meaningful understanding of the “Arab Spring” from a constitutional and international law perspective.

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Dr. Carlo Panara, Ph.D (2006 Perugia, Italy). Sr. Lecturer in Law and Research Co-ordinator for the School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University. Key publications include the monograph 'Il federalismo tedesco del Grundgesetz dalla cooperazione alla competizione' (Rome: Aracne 2008) and the edited book 'The Role of the Regions in EU Governance' (Heidelberg: Springer 2011).

Dr. Gary Wilson, Ph.D (2006 Hull). Senior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University. Key Publications include 'Self-Determination, Recognition and the Problem of Kosovo', Netherlands International Law Review, 2009, v.LVI, pp.455-481. Currently writing a monograph on the UN Collective Security system.

The ‘Arab Spring”: Constitutionalism and International Law
Carlo Panara


Chapter 1: Changing the Guard – The Price of Democracy: Lessons from the Arab Spring on Constitutionalism
Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto and Andrew Coleman

Chapter 2: The Emergence of a Right to Democracy – An African Perspective
Michèle Olivier

Chapter 3: Human Rights, Democracy and the Legitimacy of Governments in International Law: Practice of States and UN Organs
Jure Vidmar

Chapter 4: The Arab People’s Revolution – Modernising the Legal Environment
Abdullah Nawafleh

Chapter 5: The United Nations Security Council, Libya and Resolution 1973: Protection of Civilians or Tool for Regime Change?
Gary Wilson

Chapter 6: Women of the Revolution: The Future of Women’s Rights in post-Gaddafi Libya
Olga Jurasz

Chapter 7: Security Council Resolution 1973: A New Interpretation of the Notion of Protection of Civilians?
Mohamed A.E. Youssef

Chapter 8: Pro-Democratic Intervention, Invitation, or “Responsibility to Protect”? Challenges to International Law from the “Arab Spring”
Vasiliki Saranti

Chapter 9: The Possible Role of National Courts in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring
Tamas Vince Adany

Chapter 10: Protecting Cultural Heritage: War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity during Conflicts and Revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East
Edward Phillips

Chapter 11: Palestinian Self-Determination and a State of Aspiration
James Summers

Chapter 12: Egypt’s Complicity in Torture and Extraordinary Renditions
Nirmala Pillay

List of Contributors
Students and Academics working in the field of International Law especially, but also those interested in International Relations generally.