Renowned Egyptian constitutional expert Tharwat Badawy dies at 87

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

Tharwat Badawy
Tharwat Badawy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Renowned constitutional expert Tharwat Badawy died on Wednesday at the age of 87.

The constitutional guru and Cairo University professor died at Ain Shams Hospital in Cairo after a long struggle with illness.

Born in 1928, Badawy was raised in a middle class family in Damietta. 

A young Badawy first joined the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University in the early 1940's but did not complete a degree. He opted instead to join the Faculty of Law at Cairo University in 1945, graduating in 1949.

He worked briefly at the prestigious State Council, before travelling to continue postgraduate work in France, earning a doctorate in law in 1954.

At the age of 43, Badawy was among a constitution draft panel formed by then president Anwar El-Sadat to draft what became known as the 1971 constitution - which remained the rule of the land until the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Badawy repeatedly opposed attempts by Mubarak to amend the 1971 constitution, charging that the former autocrat wanted to change the document, especially in 2007, to groom his son Gamal into becoming his successor in power.

The Cairo University professor was a firm supporter of the January 25 revolution.

Badawy opposed the ouster of Islamist president Morsi in 2013 and remained a firm critic of the post Morsi government.

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