Egyptian Parties and Syndicates vis-à-vis Judicial Decisions

Ahmed Abd El-hafeez

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:
Egyptian Parties and Syndicates vis-à-vis Judicial Decisions

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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

Chapter.  5088 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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