The Legal Theory Bookworm recommends Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring by Nimer Sultany on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
What is the effect of revolutions on legal systems? What role do constitutions play in legitimating regimes? How do constitutions and revolutions converge or clash? Taking the Arab Spring as its case study, this book explores the role of law and constitutions during societal upheavals, and critically evaluates the different trajectories they could follow in a revolutionary setting. The book urges a rethinking of major categories in political, legal, and
constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring.
The book is a novel and comprehensive examination of the constitutional order that preceded and followed the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, and Bahrain. It also provides the first thorough discussion of the trials of former regime officials in Egypt and Tunisia. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including an in-depth analysis of recent court rulings in several Arab countries, the book illustrates the contradictory roles of law and constitutions.
The book also contrasts the Arab Spring with other revolutionary situations and demonstrates how the Arab Spring provides a laboratory for examining scholarly ideas about revolutions, legitimacy, legality, continuity, popular sovereignty, and constituent power.
And from the reviews:
"This is a magisterial telling of the tale of legal political ideas in the tragedy of the countries of the Arab Spring. Sultany makes us see country by country that popular sovereignty, constitutionalism, constituent power, the rule of law, judicial independence, and many more, were abstractions that couldn't deliver what they promised in the way of guidance, normative judgment, or even clear meaning. For all its sadness, this is a brilliant account, full of lessons for a next time sure to come."- Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
"This study foregrounds Arab Spring experiences to reconsider theories on legitimacy, revolution, legality, and constitutionalism in an examination of the role of law and constitutions. It is a pleasure to read an account that offers so much empirically-grounded theoretical insight from experiences in Arab states by way of correction to, or development of, existing mainstream scholarship in these areas."- Lynn Welchman, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London
"Drawing on a wide range of political and constitutional thought, Nimer Sultany uses 'laws deeply ingrained incoherence' as a probe to destabilize familiar dichotomies-such as reform/revolution and continuity/disruption-in theorizing about constitutions, revolutions, and legitimacy. His case studies of Egypt, Tunisia, and other nations caught up in the Arab Spring confirm his perspective's contribution to constitutional theory."- Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School