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Justice Adel Maged: LLB (Alexandria), LLM (Utrecht), Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, Honorary Professor of Law at Durham University (UK), Special Advisor to the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, founding member of the research group "Islam, Law and Modernity (ILM) at Durham Law School.

Justice Maged is a Vice President at the Egyptian Court of Cassation (Criminal Chamber), the Supreme Criminal Court of Egypt. Previously he was a judge at the Egyptian Court of Appeals and for several years on secondment to the Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates as a Legal Advisor on International (Criminal) Law and Treaty Affairs. He was selected for this position after having spent two years serving in the Legislative Department at the Ministry of Justice in Egypt (2000-2002). In 1998 he was appointed Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Division of the Court of Cassation.

Judge Maged has extensive expertise in comparative criminal justice and in criminal law reform. As a member of the American/Egyptian joint group, he participated in the reform of the Egyptian Code of Criminal Procedure. He is also a visiting scholar at the department of criminal law, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. He is also an expert advisor to the Council of the Arab Ministers of the Arab League.

During September 2007 justice Maged had undertaken a consultancy visit to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the ICC, to help the OTP to build and develop its cooperation strategy in the Arab region. He has also delivered numerous public lectures in Egypt and abroad. On 17 November 2011, he delivered a public lecture on the Role and Rule of Law in the context of the Arab Spring and at Durham University and on 15 September 2011 another public lecture on the Arab Spring in a Legal Context at Groningen University. On 3-4 April he has delivered two public lectures on Transitional Justice, the Arab Spring and the Rule of Law at the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, US.

Justice Maged’s has participated in numerous national, regional and international conferences and represented the Egyptian government in numerous events at the UNODC in Vienna on human trafficking. He has also participated in the UNODC Expert Group Meeting on Abuse of a Position of Vulnerability and Other Means within the Definition of Trafficking in Persons, June 28-29, 2012.

During January 2013 he has participated as a keynote speaker in two hearing sessions (Congressional Briefings) at the Shoura Council of the Egyptian Parliament on "Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation" and on "Required Transitional Justice Law".

His publications include articles on international criminal law in the Arab world, the ICC, international legal cooperation in criminal matters, terrorism transitional justice and the rule of law. Recently he has published an important book on “The Responsibility of State Officials for Serious Crimes Committed against the Protestors in 25 January Revolution” (2011). Among his published articles in English: "Arab and Islamic Shari'a Perspectives on the Current System of International Criminal Justice", International Criminal Law Review, Vol. 8, 2008, 477-507; “Commentary on Al-Azhar Declaration in Support of the Arab revolution”, Amsterdam Law Forum, Summer Issue, 2012, 69-76; and his important think piece on "Towards Comprehensive Justice Reform Strategies in the Arab Spring Countries", in: Law and Justice: A Strategy Perspective, Law of the Future Series No. 2 (2012), Torkel Opsahl Academic Publisher, The Hague, 2012.

Justice Maged is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Criminal Law Review and the Advisory Board of Studies in International and Comparative Criminal Law. He is also a member of the World Justice Project MENA Group on the Rule of Law and the Hague Rule of Law Network and a Leader in the Innovative Justice Project of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).


Speaking at Miami Law, Judge Adel Maged, Vice President at Court of Cassation and Honorary Professor of Law, Durham University.

Speaking at Miami Law, Judge Adel Maged, Vice President at Court of Cassation and Honorary Professor of Law, Durham University. (Photo: Catharine Skipp /Miami Law) Full-Size Photo

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