Separation of powers in the Kuwaiti criminal justice system

Alhajri, Abdulrahman (2020) Separation of powers in the Kuwaiti criminal justice system. PhD thesis, Middlesex University. [Thesis]

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Discussions of the separation of powers tend to be related to the administrative state. By contrast, this research addresses the question of separating powers within the criminal justice system of Kuwait, examining the function of this division and the structures that are designed to protect the rights of citizens. Despite being formally regulated according to democratic principles, the criminal justice system of Kuwait has been described as excessively controlled by executive bodies. Currently, there appears to be a lack of research explaining how numerous criminal justice bodies in Kuwait can effectively promote the principles of freedom, democracy, and equality before the law, and separation of powers is an important factor which can be connected to such outcomes. The research aims to provide insights into the separation of powers between institutions and to assess its effectiveness in addressing the principles stated in the Constitution of Kuwait. The origins of the modern Kuwaiti criminal justice system will also be explored, with a focus on British jurisdiction (as a past influence) and French, Egyptian and Islamic law (as continuing influences). This development history makes Kuwait an excellent example of the fusion and diffusion of law, which, although it has been investigated widely, is still a topic of interest among modern researchers, alongside human rights and their protection through the criminal law system. This is one of the first studies to discuss the separation of powers in the Kuwaiti criminal justice system as a mixed phenomenon that can influence the protection of Kuwaiti citizens’ human rights at each stage of law enforcement and prosecution.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Research Areas: A. > School of Law
B. > Theses
Item ID: 37792
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 12:41
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 20:32

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