Separation of Powers in the Kuwaiti Criminal Justice System: A Case Study


  • Abdulrahman F S H Alhajri



Separation of Powers, Criminal Justice System, law.


Discussions of the Separation of Powers (SOP) tend to be related to the administrative state, at the expense of the criminal state. 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 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. The proposed research aims to provide insights into the SOP 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 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 SOP 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.




How to Cite

Alhajri, A. F. S. H. (2018). Separation of Powers in the Kuwaiti Criminal Justice System: A Case Study. European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(2), 59–79.