Tahani al-Gebali

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Tahani al-Gebali
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Gebali in 2014
Born(1950-11-20)20 November 1950
Died9 January 2022(2022-01-09) (aged 71)
Cairo, Egypt
Resting placeTanta, Egypt
Alma materCairo University
Known forFirst female justice in Egypt
Political partyIndependent

Tahani al-Gebali (Arabic: تهاني الجبالي; 20 November 1950 – 9 January 2022) was an Egyptian judge and a past Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt.


In 2003, she was appointed to office by President Hosni Mubarak, becoming the first woman to hold a judiciary position in Egypt, and she remained the only female on the bench until 32 other Egyptian women were appointed to various judicial positions in 2007.[1]

In July 2012, The New York Times wrote that Supreme Constitutional Court Vice President Tahani al-Gebali advised the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces not to cede power to civilians until a constitution was written.[2] This was denied by Judge al-Gebali, who announced she would sue the newspaper.[3][4]

Al-Gebali died from COVID-19 on 9 January 2022, at the age of 71.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Hirschl, Ran (2010). Constitutional Theocracy. Harvard University Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-674-04819-5.
  2. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (4 July 2012). "Judge Helped Egypt's Military to Cement Power". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. ^ "New York Times fabricated interview, says Egyptian judge". Egypt Independent. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. ^ Mohammed al-Shennawi (7 July 2012). "Egyptian judge to sue NY Times". Arabstoday. Retrieved 15 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Egypt's first female judge Tahani Al-Gabali dies of COVID-19". dailynewsegypt.com. Retrieved 13 January 2022.

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