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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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The Judicial Authority and Civil Society

The Judicial Authority and Civil Society

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Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

al-Sayyed Mustapha Kamel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter demonstrates how judges, acting as an arm of the state, curb the freedom of civil society institutions. It discusses the judges' involvement as a professional association through their clubs in the fight by civil society organizations for more autonomy. It shows how certain judicial institutions strive to move civil and political liberties forward in order to expand the range of freedoms available to civil society organizations. It also surveys some of the ways civil society organizations have tried to win the judiciary to their side and get them to support their struggle for more respect for the civil and political rights of citizens. The period covered by this study is the duration of the Mubarak presidency, or twenty-six years at the time of writing, encompassing four presidential terms and two years of his fifth term.

Keywords:   civil society, judicial institutions, political liberties, political rights, Mubarak presidency

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