Hon. Adel Omar Sherif
Vice-President for Education and Judicial Cooperation-Eastern Hemisphere, Cairo, Egypt
Justice Sherif is the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. He holds a number of law degrees, including an LL.B. in Law and Economics, an Advanced Studies Diploma in Public Law, an Advanced Studies Diploma in Administrative Law, and a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, from Cairo and Ain Shams Universities in Egypt. He was a Visiting Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL, the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, and the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. After working in private practice for a short period of time, Justice Sherif was appointed to the Council of the State (Egypt’s system for administrative judiciary) where he served from 1980 to 1992. In 1992 he became Assistant Counselor for the Commissioners’ Body at the Supreme Constitutional Court. He was promoted to Full Counselor in 1993. In December, 2002 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Justice. He is currently a faculty member at Helwan University Law School in Cairo and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Justice Sherif is a council member of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, a member of the International Board of Judicial Advisers for the Judges’ Newsletter of The Hague Conference on Private International Law, and a member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group. He is also a member of the judicial advisory board to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was recently selected to be a part of the Steering Committee of the Commission on Environmental Law at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In addition, Justice Sherif serves as a Secretary General for the Arab Supreme Courts Union for the Protection of the Environment. Justice Sherif has made significant contributions to the development of international judicial cooperation and has written and published widely on various legal topics including: human rights; constitutional issues; Islamic law; and environmental law.