By Janice Stein and Ron Levi

Revolutionary politics in Egypt often seems to be a pitched battle between the protection of legal institutions and a brutal struggle for social change. Missing from this story is the prominent role played by the Egyptian judiciary in safeguarding its position and, indeed, in advancing its interests within these revolutionary politics.

The judicial elite has successfully embedded itself, along with the courts, within the power struggles between the warring Muslim Brotherhood and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The result, we suggest, will be greater judicialization of Egyptian politics and ever greater autonomy for the courts in organizing the state.

Read the Fall 2013 Chumir Ethics Forum