Public administration assumes various actions that vary in their nature, appearances and implications. In order to perform these administration functions, the administration has to have an authority for achieving certain goals. The authority is not considered a privilege that can be used however and whenever the administration likes. On the contrary, these should be used for certain goals, that is, public interest. Public interest as a term is a wide concept, which usually raises many problematic issues concerning the administrative action since it is the aim of any authorized work. Consequently, the range of the administrations submission to the law is identified through this interest. In other words, administrative authorities could be wider or narrower according to their connection with the public interest, which sometimes provides the administration with the excuse to exceed legitimacy. In the name of public interest, administration might restrict the basic rights and freedoms of citizens, and may launch wars and sign treaties. Public interest is also used by administrative judges in deciding whether an administrative action is legitimate or not, as this interest forms the basic means that the administrative judge has in supervising administrative acts. In the final analysis public interest is the end and means by which the administrative judge controls administrative actions
Al- Bourini, Omar
"Public Interest as a Criterion for the Legality of Administration Acts,"
Journal Sharia and Law: Vol. 2007:
32, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/sharia_and_law/vol2007/iss32/4