The Jurisdiction of the UAE Federal Supreme Court on Constitutional Interpretation

In: Arab Law Quarterly
Tarek Abo el-Wafa College of Law, UAE University Al-Ain Abu Dhabi

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While a Constitution embodies the basic principles and laws of a nation, its language and text may introduce ambiguity or confusion, especially during implementation of its laws. In such situations, interpretation of the text becomes more important than the text itself. The Federal UAE Constitution was issued in 1971 and includes a provision to specify the authority competent to interpret its contents. However, if the constitutional text that cited the interpretation jurisdiction of the Court is brief, then this research only gains important reason to explore the ambiguities of these texts and work. Therefore, this study aims to review and analyze Court rulings according to interpretation requests submitted to it from its inception to date. To the best of our knowledge, our study is the first to attempt to undertake the Court’s interpretative experience into a constructive legal analysis and highlight this genuine constitutional competence, which lacks a detailed discussion.

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