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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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Egyptian Parties and Syndicates vis-à-vis Judicial Decisions

Egyptian Parties and Syndicates vis-à-vis Judicial Decisions

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Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Ahmed Abd El-hafeez

American University in Cairo Press

Any observer of Egyptian politics can easily track the growth of the judicial phenomenon in Egyptian political life over the past three decades. The Egyptian judiciary has become the most prominent, effective element during that period. Members of the Egyptian elite have been using the judiciary in ways that are, in certain respects, both remarkable and unprecedented in Egyptian history. Recourse to the courts by political parties is not new. It started with the 1919 Revolution and has increased in the last few years. With a few concrete examples, this chapter illustrates the different ways parties and syndicates resort to the judiciary. When all conflicts, opinions, and thoughts are reliant on the judiciary, the requirements for a healthy political life are undermined and the natural limits of the role of the judiciary are overextended. The question is whether the judiciary is the right place for settling political and intellectual conflicts.

Keywords:   Egyptian politics, judicial phenomenon, Egyptian judiciary, political parties, intellectual conflicts

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