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Utilising the judiciary to reject the popular will? : legal mobilization after the Arab uprising in Kuwait

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  • Ishiguro, Hirotake

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This study examines the role of the judiciary in the political process after the Arab Uprising, focusing on a Constitutional Court and its judgements in a case where the popular will was rejected via a judicial ruling. In particular, I will analyse a case of Kuwait where the Constitutional Court declared election void and ordered the dissolution of parliament, after the opposition had won a stable majority. This case conjures images of legal mobilization by the regime; however, considering the political context where the government and parliament were in a serious ongoing conflict, the constitutional rulings by the Constitutional Court can be evaluated as a mediator intended to ease the stalemate and prevent a fall into a more serious crisis concurrent with the political upheaval in other Arab countries.

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  • Ishiguro, Hirotake, 2017. "Utilising the judiciary to reject the popular will? : legal mobilization after the Arab uprising in Kuwait," IDE Discussion Papers 653, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper653
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    Justice; Courts; Legal mobilization; Judicialization of politics; Democratization; Kuwait;

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