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“The Coptic Question” Protecting Minorities During Periods of Upheavals
Start Date: 4/10/2014Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 4/10/2014End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description:
Coptic Christians, who make up more than 10% of the Egyptian population, were partners with their Muslim fellow citizens in Tahrir Square and Arab Spring. However, since 2011, scores of Coptic churches, monasteries, shops, schools, clubs and orphanages had been plundered and burned, and over the past year more than 100,000 Christians have fled Egypt with their families, leaving everything they know behind.   

This program will explore the experience of the Coptic Christians as religious minority in Egypt and consider the potential for protecting Christian minorities in majority Muslim countries.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty, Esq., Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law at Fordham Law School, Fellow at the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University school of Law and Founder and President of SUNGLOW – Global Training in the Rule of Law. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Cairo University School of Law, a practicing attorney in the US and overseas, and was a Principal Political Officer at the United Nations.

Ms. Caroline Labib Doss, Esq., founder of Doss & Associates, PC, a law firm specializing in immigration issues.  The client base for the law firm is primarily those from Egypt, particularly women and minorities, seeking asylum in the U.S.  In addition to her legal work, since 2011 Mrs. Doss has served as the Vice President of Coptic Solidarity, a non-profit organization focused on assisting minorities in Egypt and supporting those in Egypt working for democracy, freedom and the protection of the fundamental rights of all Egyptians.  Mrs. Doss has testified before the U.S. Congress on the issues facing Christians in Egypt, particularly focused on the concerns of women and girls.

Mr. Joseph Guirguis, Egyptian Attorney at Law. He holds a LLM., Master of Law and Diploma of International Negotiations. Mr. Guirguis is also Member of El Gamal Law Firm in Egypt, as Lawyer and legal adviser.

Venue: US Courthouse , Southern District of NY
Court Room of US District Judge, Hon. Paul G. Gardephe | Room 705
40 Foley Square, New York


CLE: $65 ($55 for Fordham Law alumni and public interest attorneys) to receive 2 non-transitional professional practice credits. Fordham has a hardship policy for this course.  To apply, please submit a written request to: Director of Public Programming & CLE, Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 | F: 212-636-6984

CLE credits: you can pay at the door (by check or cash) or send your check to Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, Fordham Law School, room 407, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 
Location Information:
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CLE available

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