Arab Spring – State of Emergency and Constitutional Reform
This paper is an earlier draft that is selected to appear as: Andrej Zwitter, "Arab Spring – State of Emergency and Constitutional Reform" in Air and Space Power Journal, 2014 (Forthcoming).
19 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 18, 2013
This article presents the current constitutional developments around the Arab Spring. It analyses the prospects of democratic control and the rule of law from the view of constitutional arrangements concerning states of emergency. As such each section briefly outlines the political and legal background of the country and takes a look at the legal norms concerning the state of emergency. Countries covered for the purpose of this article are those, which due to the Arab Spring are engaged in large-scale constitutional reform processes: Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Before these case studies, the essay will outline key elements of checks and balances that derive from the principles of democracy and the rule of law for emergency regulations.
Keywords: state of emergency, emergency powers, arab spring, constitutional reform
JEL Classification: K00
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