First female Egyptian judge to deliver Fode Law Lecture Nov. 5 at UND


Rob Carolin

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Chief Justice of the Cairo Economic Court Hanan Gamal Dahroug, the first female judge appointed in Egypt, will present The Amelia & Oscar Fode Memorial Law Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in the Baker Courtroom at the UND School of Law.

A reception will be held prior to the lecture beginning at 3:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Chief Justice Hanan Gamal Dahroug received a Bachelor of Law degree from Cairo University in 1991. She began work in the Administrative Prosecution Authority in 1995 and eventually was promoted to Chief of the Administrative Authority.

In 2007, Dahroug became the first female judge appointed in Egypt. She began as a judge in the South Cairo Court, handling civil, rent and taxes cases. Dahroug began serving in the Economic Court at the time of its establishment from 2008 to present. The Economic Court is the first court specializing in investment and banking cases, with the goal of attracting investment in Egypt by streamlining the legal process and making investors feel their investments are protected by law with high efficiency and professional judges.

She also has experience in criminal economic cases capital markets, copyright, telecommunications and e-signatures.

In 2004, she was the first woman to take part in parliamentary elections and subsequently supervised parliamentary and presidential elections. Dahroug is a member of the National Association of Women Judges in the United States, the International Association of Women Judges and the Legal Network for Arab Women.

The Fode Lecture was established in memory of Amelia and Oscar Fode through a gift made to the UND Foundation by Della Mae Ramstad in honor of her parents. The fund is designated to bring international jurists, lawyers and legal experts to the UND School of Law.