Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Nourhan Fahmy
Amid a resurgence in international prosecutions and transnational modes of legal accountability, various states implicated in human rights violations have grown wary about potential legal consequences and how this threatens their reputation and positioning in the international community. Stronger transnational advocacy networks and international accountability mechanisms have blurred the boundaries of state sovereignty and the ability of nationals and other states to find recourse in the international system. Preempting looming trouble from such methods of legal prosecution, some governments have resorted to rhetoric and policy actions to buffer against perceived encroachments on their jurisdictions. One such strategy has been the passing of domestic legislation; Egypt passed a law last August that gave the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) power to review the constitutionality of decisions made by international organizations and bodies, as well as foreign court rulings declared against the state.
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