Judges and Acts of Sovereignty

Mohamed Maher Abouelenen

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 Acts of Sovereignty

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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

Chapter.  7413 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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