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Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, argues that regime change in Syria will represent a profound geopolitical shift...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The invasion of Iraq was an initial military success and led to complete destruction of Saddam Hussein's regime. The military forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on April 21, 2003, citing UN Security Resolution 1483 as justification for its assumption of governmental control. Despite violence, the Interim Governing Council … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq must not push blindly forward in its goal of de-Ba'athification, but rather consider the harm that such absolute changes pose to fairness and process ...Last month, a special panel of Iraq's highest appellate court … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A draft Iraqi cybercrime law would violate the international standards protecting due process, freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The Information Crimes Law, which had its first reading before the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Persian] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a recent survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute reveals changing attitudes regarding federal authority and regional independence in Iraq...The National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently released a survey [PDF] of Iraqi attitudes toward a variety … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Iraq's human rights situation remains fragile [press release], the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. Iraq is currently transitioning from a decade-long dictatorship and its underlying armed conflict and violence to a peaceful democratic system. UNAMI recognized some improvements towards such a system, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Syrian Arab News Agency on Monday published the country's new draft constitution [text], nearly one week before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has scheduled a referendum [JURIST report] on the constitution. The draft constitution omits a clause in the old document that upheld the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ordered a referendum on a new constitution. The new constitution reportedly omits a clause [RFE/RL report] in the old document that describes the ruling Ba'ath Party as the "leader of the nation and society." The expressed intent of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a comprehensive solution to the status of Kirkuk must be reached soon lest it become for Iraq the type of intractable and fundamentally corrosive problem slavery had become for the United States by 1861.... … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the mixed success to date of Iraqi legislative initiatives aimed at rebuilding the country's legal order suggests that true progress and stabilization beyond the mere enactment of laws may require an Iraqi commitment to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Nov 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Sunni-Shi'i divide in the Iraqi parliament is only one split complicating the passage of controversial legislation in the troubled state... Conventional wisdom seems to suggest that the ability of Iraq's legislative body, the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Oct 2005

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Greg Kehoe, US Department of Justice Regime Crimes Liaison to the Iraqi Special Tribunal in Baghdad from March 2004 until March 2005, says that while the current Ad Dujayl case against Saddam Hussein is not about the biggest crime committed by his regime, it exemplifies its … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that although Saddam Hussein's defense may argue that he's immune from prosecution as either a present or previous head of state, it's likely the argument will fail... Saddam Hussein will be brought to justice this week for the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law says that it is much better to have deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein put on trial in an Iraqi court than before an international criminal tribunal along the lines of existing models. Eight months after Baghdad fell, Saddam … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi [CBC profile] Thursday warned the Shiite coalition victorious in last month's election [JURIST report] against banning the Ba'ath Party [Wikipedia entry; 2002 Le Monde backgrounder in English] formerly associated with Saddam Hussein from any involvement in government, saying that would cause even greater … [read more]

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