Human Rights and Democracy: The Role of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt

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This is the first comprehensive account in English of the human rights jurisdiction of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. The Court has full judicial review powers under the 1971 Egyptian Constitution and has played a central role in defending democratic vallues and in implementing international human rights standards in this pivotal Islamic country.
The book includes chapters written by the Chief Justice, Dr. Awad Mohammad El-Morr, and other members of the judiciary. It contains a digest of key human rights judgments along with the texts of the Constitution and the Statute of the Supreme Constitutional Court. The book also examines the influence of United States constitutional law as well as international human rights law on Egypt's highest court.

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Meet the Author

Kevin Boyle
Kevin Boyle
A professor of history at Ohio State University, Kevin Boyle broke into bestsellerdom with his 2004 National Book Award winner, Arc of Justice -- a history that is at once a courtroom drama, a riveting biography, and a fascinating look at race in America in the early 20th century.


Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, is the author of The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968. A former associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, he is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He lives in Bexley, Ohio.

Author biography courtesy of Henry Holt and Company.

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Some outtakes from our interview with Boyle:

"I love to read the high-end restaurant reviews in The New York Times, but the restaurant I long to revisit is a fish and chips shop in Stillorgan, Ireland. My family spent a year living just down the road from the shop, and we stopped in so often the crew behind the counter came to know our order by heart. That year's diet probably cut a couple of years off my life expectancy."

"When I settle at my desk to write, I sit on a chair that comes from Detroit's old ballpark, Tiger Stadium. It has ancient wooden slats covered with decades of paint; it's completely uncomfortable; and despite my wife's protests, I'm never giving it up."

"Our family is rounded out by an aging border collie mix we rescued from the Detroit Humane Society 13 years ago. She came to us a terrified puppy, and after years of care and attention -- well, she's a terrified old dog."

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    1. Hometown:
      Bexley, Ohio
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 7, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Detroit, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Detroit, 1982; M.A., University of Michigan, 1984; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1990

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Constitutional and Legal Systems of Egypt 1
1 The Road to the 1971 Constitution: A Brief Constitutional History of Modern Egypt 3
2 The Origins and Development of the Egyptian Judicial System 13
3 The Supreme Constitutional Court and its Role in the Egyptian Judicial System 37
Pt. II The Separation of Powers 61
4 The Separation of Powers and Limits on Presidential Powers under the Egyptian Constitution 63
5 Democratic Participation 75
Pt. III Human Rights and the Supreme Constitutional Court 85
6 Human Rights in Egypt: International Commitments 87
7 The Status and Protection of Property in the Constitution 115
8 Freedom of Expression 129
9 The Freedom of Judicial Expression, The Right to Concur and Dissent: A Comparative Study 137
Pt. IV Constitutionalism and Islamic Principles 159
10 Human Rights in the Constitutional Systems of Egypt and other Islamic Countries: International and Comparative Studies 161
11 The Interpretation of Article 2 of the Constitution: Islamic Sharia Principles as a Source of Law 217
Pt. V Constitutional Jurisprudence on Fundamental Rights; Digest of Selected Cases 229
Equal Protection and Non-Discrimination 232
Political Rights 244
Freedom of Expression 248
Civil Rights 251
Economic and Social Rights 266
App. A The People's Assembly of Egypt. The Constitution of the Arab Republic of Egypt 283
App. B Statute of the Supreme Constitutional Court 321
App. C Table of Statutes 341
App. D Egyptian Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties 347
App. E The Egyptian Judicial System 351
Index 357
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