Editorial - December 2020


We are very pleased to launch the Journal of Constitutional Law in the Middle East and North Africa with the publication of this inaugural issue.

JCL- MENA is dedicated to encourage greater discussion and critical analysis of constitutional and legal developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. Featuring articles by scholars and practitioners from the region, it is designed to facilitate access to information on the MENA constitutional issues and debates for the international community of practitioners and scholars in English.

JCL- MENA is edited by the Arab Association of Constitutional Law and published exclusively online in association with the Rule of Law Program Middle East/North Africa of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

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

In this inaugural issue of JCL- MENA, six scholars from the region reflect on a diverse range of contemporary constitutional subjects.

In the first article, Asem Khalil evaluates the constitutionalism project in Palestine in light of the political practice. He then examines with Elias Al Hihi, in a second article, the status of international human rights law within the Palestinian legal system.

In the third article, Ghadir Al Alayli presents an in-depth analysis of administrative decentralization in Lebanon and its expansion plans.

The last two articles raise the issue of religion and law from two different perspectives. Leila Hanafi discusses the question of religious freedom and the law in Morocco, while Emilia Justyna Powell and Ilana Rothkopf focus on the relationship between constitutional courts and the rule of law in twenty-nine Islamic law states, with a particular reference to Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

We hope the journal will succeed in responding to the inquisitiveness of an international readership interested in constitutional developments throughout the MENA region.