Judges and Elections: The Politicization of the Judges' Discourse

Sherif Younes

in Judges and Political Reform in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162015
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970993 | DOI:
Judges and Elections: The Politicization of the Judges' Discourse

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Regardless of how the conflict over the 1972 Law on Judicial Authority and the laws governing election monitoring ended, judges have succeeded for the first time since 1954 in transforming the question of their full independence into a public political issue. This chapter deals with the issue of the participation of the judiciary in the elections from the point of view of the judges' public discourse in defense of their demands within the context of the referendum and the two elections. It discusses the limits of these demands, the opposition to them, and, most importantly, the features of the political infrastructure that allowed this distinctive role of the judiciary to emerge in public. It demonstrates how the judges' positions have been politicized and analyzes the structural roots of the judges' movement in the political infrastructure.

Keywords: Judicial Authority; public political issue; elections; judges' movement; political infrastructure

Chapter.  6182 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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