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Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet announced an amendment to the De-Baathification law on Monday that would allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Chibli Mallat, professor of law at the University of Utah and Saint Joseph's University, Lebanon, says that for the sake of stability in Iraq's upcoming elections, it's imperative that all parties respect the Iraqi judiciary's recent decision on candidate eligibility.... It took the US Supreme Court 180 … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Iraqi leaders on Saturday urged the country's Supreme Court to rule on the recent electoral appeals panel decision allowing about 500 candidates who had been banned for alleged ties to the outlawed Baath party [BBC backgrounder] to run in the March 7 parliamentary elections. The Independent High Electoral Commission … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

Spokesperson for Iraq's Shi'ite government Ali Al-Dabbagh [official website, in Arabic] said Thursday that a decision by an appeals court to allow candidates with suspected ties to the outlawed Baath party [BBC backgrounder] to run for office is illegal and unconstitutional. Under Wednesday's decision [WSJ report] by the appeals … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Mar 2009

Chibli Mallat [Professor of Law and Politics of the Middle East, S.J. Quinney College of Law]: "Yesterday we encountered a strange moment of serendipity. Dr. Lateef Rashid, invited those of us working on the Global Justice Project: Iraq to dinner with his colleague, the Minister of Justice, Dara Noureddin. Dr. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said Friday that 23 employees of the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior [JURIST news archive] who were arrested this week [JURIST report] for alleged attempts to rebuild Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have been released. On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] At least 23 employees of the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior [JURIST news archive] have been arrested this week for alleged attempts to rebuild Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a ministry spokesman confirmed Thursday. Speaking at a press conference, Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf said that … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Arabic] passed an amnesty law [JURIST report] as part of a package of legislation approved Wednesday, a day after speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani threatened to disband the legislature [JURIST report] when Shi'ite and Sunni lawmakers walked out on budget hearings. In addition … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Shi'ite and Sunni lawmakers walked out of Iraq's parliament [official website, in Arabic] Tuesday, prompting speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani [JURIST news archive] to threaten to disband the legislature. The walkout was sparked by divisions between Kurdish and other lawmakers over what percentage of the national income [JURIST report] should be … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Iraq's three-member Presidency Council said Sunday that a bill allowing most former members of Saddam Huessein's Baath party to be reinstated to public life has become law. The controversial Accountability and Justice Law [ICTJ backgrounder, PDF], passed by the Iraqi parliment earlier this month, has been publicly endorsed [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] said Saturday that he supports a proposed law that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to return to their old positions in government. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorsed the Accountability and Justice Law [ICTJ backgrounder, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi [personal website, in Arabic; EPIC profile, PDF] said Thursday that he is opposed to a proposed law that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life. Al-Hashemi criticized the Accountability and Justice Law [ICTJ … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday praised a bill passed [JURIST report] Saturday by the Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life as "a step forward" for the stabilization of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday approved a bill that will allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life. The law, known as the Justice and Accountability Law, was introduced by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, English version] met briefly Wednesday to continue debate on a controversial bill [JURIST report] that would allow former Baath Party [party website, in Arabic; BBC backgrounder] members not convicted of any crimes to return to their previously held government positions, participate in the political … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament Sunday conducted a preliminary reading of a proposed law [JURIST report] that would allow former Baath Party [party website, in Arabic; BBC backgrounder] members not convicted of any crimes to return to their previously held government positions, participate in the political process, and serve in the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The White House submitted a new Benchmark Assessment Report [PDF text] on Iraq to Congress Friday, noting that little progress had been made by the Iraqi government toward accomplishing 18 "benchmarks" thought to be essential to Iraq's stability. The Initial Benchmark Assessment Report [PDF text; JURIST report], submitted to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A Jordanian government spokesperson said Monday that Jordan does not currently have plans to hand over Raghad Saddam Hussein, daughter of the former Iraqi leader, even though Interpol issued a "red notice" [Interpol materials; JURIST report] last week indicating that Iraqi authorities are seeking her arrest. Raghad has lived … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] issued a red notice [official backgrounder] Friday seeking the arrest of Raghad Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile], daughter of the former Iraqi dictator, on charges of terrorism. Interpol circulated the notice to member countries, saying Iraq accuses Raghad of supporting insurgencies in Iraq.Last year, Iraq placed [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The Shiite head of Iraq's Debaathification Commission [official website] said Friday he would fight a proposed law [JURIST report] allowing former Baath party [BBC backgrounder] members to return to their previously held government positions. Despite provisions in the proposal that would prevent reemployment of former Baathists who have been … [read more]

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