Egypt’s Constitutional Court Half a Century of Transformations

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Abbas Qabbari

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In September 2021, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) marked its golden jubilee (the 50th. anniversary of its inception), as it was established under the 1971 Constitution to succeed the High Court, which had been established by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1969[1]. Throughout its history, the Supreme Constitutional Court has played a significant political role in public life. However, this role has increased during the last ten years that followed the January Revolution (2011). During this period, the SCC adopted a counter-revolutionary track, as it sided with the military’s authority and helped them eliminate Egypt’s nascent democratic experiment.

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