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Legal empowerment and refugees on the Nile: the very short history of legal empowerment and refugee legal aid in Egypt

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JournalThe International Journal of Human Rights
DatePublished - 9 Jun 2015
Issue number3
Volume19
Pages (from-to)308-318
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Although Egypt has a long history of hosting refugees, legal aid programmes to assist these refugees have a much more recent history. Over the last decade and a half, formal and informal civil society organisations have developed programmes of legal aid, focusing on a number of different legal problems facing refugees and applying a number of different models of legal aid. Despite this variety, there has been very little application in such programming of the principles of legal empowerment. Beyond the generic barriers to employing these principles, the providers of refugee legal aid in Egypt are confronted by the tension between incremental and revolutionary change that can undermine legal empowerment strategies and ambiguities concerning the precise group to be empowered.

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