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Judges and Political Reform in Egypt$
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Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162015

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162015.001.0001

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Judges and Acts of Sovereignty

Judges and Acts of Sovereignty

(p.181) 11 Judges and Acts of Sovereignty
Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Mohamed Maher Abouelenen

American University in Cairo Press

The legislature has intervened to withdraw some kinds of cases from judicial control by designating them as involving political acts or acts of sovereignty. These concepts mean that certain actions are not subject to judicial control not only because it would be difficult for the judiciary to deal with such issues but also in order to allow the executive authority to exercise a broader discretionary power. Despite the wide range of judicial control over all activities exercised by the modern state, many of the practices of the executive authority in Egypt are not included in the jurisdiction of the judiciary. Such actions are known as ‘acts of sovereignty’ or ‘political acts’ in Egypt. This chapter presets the position of administrative and constitutional judges on this notion of acts of sovereignty in Egyptian history.

Keywords:   judicial control, political acts, acts of sovereignty, executive authority, Egypt

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