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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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A Political Analysis of the Egyptian Judges' Revolt

A Political Analysis of the Egyptian Judges' Revolt

(p.19) 1 A Political Analysis of the Egyptian Judges' Revolt
Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Mohamed Sayed Said

American University in Cairo Press

Egypt stands alone in witnessing a strong revolt carried out by the judges. Nowhere else have judges engaged in such a prolonged protest for their independence, whether in another Arab or Islamic country or in Europe or the west. The judges' revolt itself is a testament to longstanding injustice: the loss of the guarantees of justice, the marginalization of the law, and the use of the judiciary to punish the political opposition. The most important point in this long struggle is the alternative law for the judicial authority presented by the Judges' Club in 1991. This draft continues to be the main point of reference for the club's demands more than fifteen years after it was elaborated and submitted to the minister of justice. The Judges' Club's legal struggle for the independence of the judiciary has become a political and social battle.

Keywords:   judges' revolt, justice, political opposition, Judges' Club, social battle

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