Kuwait

 

Overview

Constitutional document in force:

  • 1962 Constitution: English
  • At least one Member of Parliament has proposed constitutional amendments

 

 

Click for information on the methodology

The country pages are collections from information openly available on the web or documents obtained by the MECF with national constitutional events categorized as follows:

1. New Constitutional Document

A “New Constitutional Document” under the terms of this website is a text that bears new constitutional authority, which was not enacted by a preexisting amendment procedure of the highest law available.

2. Amendment

Documents are categorized as “Amendments” if they were established according to an existing constitutional amendment procedure.

3. Proposal

A “Proposal” is an amendment that was not or is supposed to be implemented in future.

4. Interpretation

An “Interpretation” is a legal determination by a body that is endowed with the authority to issue binding interpretations on the constitutional text. This category is not limited to courts or other traditional bodies of the judiciary. Exemplary bodies include constitutional courts or boards.

5. Related Legal Text

“Related Legal Texts” are those legal documents that are directly relevant to the constitutional provisions and are hierarchically placed below constitutional legal authority. Examples include election laws, laws relating to political parties and laws on the judiciary.

We list secondary materials for each constitutional event of the five categories. These include scholarly articles and the travaux préparatoires.

 

21/06/2012 | Interpretation | Kuwait Constitutional Court reinstates previous Parliament

Links to the text of the Decree in the following languages:

العربية - [See text after explanation in the middle of the page]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Sung Un, Paper Chase: Kuwait court invalidates newly elected parliament, Jurist, June 20, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 21, 2012).
2. Kuwait court voids election and reinstates BBC News, June 20, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 21, 2012)
3. Constitutional Court Ruling, Kuwait National Assembly, June 21, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 21, 2012).
4. Muna Al-Fuzai, Constitutional monarchies, Kuwait Times, June 20, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 25, 2012)…

18/06/2012 | Related Legal Text | Emir Decree 149 suspends Parliament for one Month based on Article 106 of the Constitution of Kuwait

Links to the text of the Decree in the following languages:

العربية - [See text after explanation in the middle of the page]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Mahmoud Harby, Sami Aboudi & Pravin Char, Kuwait’s ruler suspends parliament for a month, Reuters, June 18, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).
2. Abubakar a. Ibrahim & Nihal Sharaf, Cool off … Take a month: Amir, Arab Times, June 19, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).
3. Kuwait’s emir suspends parliament for one month, Pakistan Daily Times, June 19, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).
4. Muna Al-Fuzai, Constitutional monarchies, Kuwait Times, June 20, 2012, Link (last visited Jun 25, 2012)…

17/05/2012 | Proposal | Amendment making Islamic law “the only source” of legislation in Kuwait [Rejected by the Emir]

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. B. Izzak, Amir rejects proposal to amend constitution – Islamists’ sharia bid thwarted – MP to grill social affairs minister, Kuwait Times,
May 17, 2012, Link (last visited May 18, 2012).
2. Reuters, Kuwait – Islamic Law Proposal Blocked, New York Times, May 18, 2012, Link (last visited May 18, 2012).

20/04/2010 | Proposal | Constitutional Amendments

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Al-Shorfa, Kuwaiti MP says his constitutional amendments promote political reform (2010), Link (last visited Jan 12, 2012).
2. Arab Times, The constitutional amendments suggested by MP Ali Al-Rashed will not touch the essence of the country’s constitutional system (2012), Link (last visited Jan 12, 2012).
3. Brown, Nathan, Pushing towards Party Politics? Kuwait’s Islamic Constitutional Movement? (2007), Link.
4. Hussein Al-Dallal, Mohammed, Comments by Mohammed Hussein Al-Dallal, Political Relations Official and Member of the ICM Political Bureau in Kuwait, on “Pushing towards Party Politics? Kuwait’s Islamic Constitutional Movement?” by Nathan Brown (2007), Link.

11/11/1962 | New Constitutional Document | 1962 Constitution of Kuwait

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية – [kindly provided by Jordan Toone]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. International Constitutional Law Project, University of Berne, Kuwait Constitutional Background (2010), Link (last visited Jan 12, 2012).

 

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