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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: State-Salaried, Female Legal Professionals and Foreign Policy in Post-Qadhafi Libya

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Women’s participation in Libya’s judiciary and legal aid service was well-established by the fall of the repressive Qadhafi regime. This legacy became controversial following the 2011 revolution. Female employment in the state-salaried legal professions came under pressure from an ideological coalition between proponents of ideologies of ‘anti-Qadhafism’ on the one hand, and international advocates of rule of law programmes on the other. Drawing on fieldwork in Tripoli during 2012–2013, I describe the work of female judges and public lawyers in the courts and critique assumptions made about them in foreign-funded, consultant-authored recommendations for ‘rule of law’ reform. I conclude that the ‘view from the consultants’ hotel window’ was complacent about threats to women’s future involvement in the legal professions and failed to prioritize access to justice for women and the poor.



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