December 2, 2022
On the Promise of Constitutionalism in the Arab Gulf
Lecturer on Law and Senior Clinical Instructor Salma Waheedi’s latest article in the American University in Beirut’s Al-Abhath explores constitutional review in Arab Gulf States, as part of a volume analyzing the promise of constitutionalism in the Arab Gulf. The article examines the constitutional frameworks of Kuwait and Bahrain and the main features of their judicial review models, with a focus on the legal and institutional designs elements that enable or limit the independent exercise of judicial oversight by these constitutional courts. It offers a detailed analysis of key constitutional court rulings that illustrate the broad features of each court’s jurisprudence, and concludes with reflections on the lingering political and structural challenges to their full exercise of independent constitutional review in both states. Click here for more information and to access an online version of the article.