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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Expresses Admiration for Egyptian Revolution and Democratic Transition

February 1, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg completed her visit to Egypt today, following four days of discussions and programs in both Cairo and Alexandria with judges and legal experts as well as law faculty and students.  Throughout her visit, she answered questions on the U.S. legal system and Constitution, as well as the importance of the equal citizenship status of women. 

At her final event in Cairo, a public seminar at Cairo University’s Law Faculty, she encouraged the students to continue to strive to achieve a genuine democracy, saying she was “inspired” by the revolution.  “This is the most wonderful time in which to live and be among the young people who are helping your country and bringing about change during this exceptional transitional period to a real democratic state,” said the Justice.  “Think of the people who lived before you and did not have this opportunity because they lived under a dictatorial regime.  And they did not have the opportunity that you have had to be part of this social transformation.  I think you all should recognize this and be happy with it first – and then you should do your best to achieve the goals of this revolution and to continue to strive to create a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”