A file photo of late former judge Tahani El-Gabaly (Photo:Al-Ahram)
El-Gebaly was born in Gharbia governorate in 1950. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Mansoura University, to work as a lawyer.
In a long career as a lawyer that spanned over 30 years, she managed to become the first Egyptian woman lawyer to be elected for two terms as a board member of the Egyptian Bar Association since it was found in 1912.
She also managed to become the first Egyptian and Arab female lawyer to be elected as a member in the permanent office of the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) since it was found in 1944.
El-Gebaly made history when she was appointed by a presidential decree on 22 January 2003 as vice-president of the Supreme Constitutional, thus becoming Egypt’s first woman judge. She took over the position until 2007, becoming the only Egyptian woman to hold such high post in judiciary till now.
The funeral of El-Gebaly is to be held at her hometown Tanta Sunday afternoon.