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Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two senior UN officials on Wednesday strongly condemned [press release] sexual violence by Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] militants against minorities in areas under their control. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura [official profile], and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Nickolay … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern [press release] Tuesday over the latest political developments, calling on the country's political leaders to respect the president's constitutional responsibilities. He also called on security forces to avoid any actions that may be perceived as interference … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) [BBC profile], associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings [JURIST report] committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) [BBC backgrounder], a Sunni extremist group. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently rampaging throughout much of Iraq, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Personal Status Law … [read more]


Features
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
14 Jan 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, despite Islam's proscription against collecting interest, and a constitutional provision prohibiting laws that conflict with such Islamic rulings, Iraq's courts are unlikely to declare the nation's new state-owned bank unconstitutional...Just last month, Iraqi President Jalal … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt's recent judgment disbanding the People's Assembly may result in a power imbalance between the three branches that could be exploited by a strong executive...There has been much criticism of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq's handling of the violence perpetrated against an unpopular group of people may ultimately determine the type of state Iraq will evolve into over the course of the coming years...There has been an apparent disturbing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Feb 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a recent decision by Iraq's Federal Supreme Court is the first opportunity to understand the Court's position on the interpretation of Article 2 of the Iraq Constitution, which prohibits law from violating the settled … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2009
by Ingrid Burke

[JURIST] Iraqi military spokesperson Major General Qassim Atta said Monday that he is seeking the closure of the Bagdad offices of newspaper Al-Hayat and television network Al-Sharquiya [media websites, in Arabic] after the two media outlets allegedly misquoted him in a story reported last week. Atta said he has sued the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI, says that a viable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Strategic Framework Agreement between the US and Iraq governing future US troop presence in the country requires a variety of institutional, legal and political obstacles to … [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]


Academic Commentary
20 Jul 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the much-discussed ideological divide between Shi'is and Sunnis in Iraq is actually more subtle and complex than is usually depicted... There has been a great deal of focus in the news recently on what … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Iraqi Interior Ministry [JURIST news archive] said Sunday that it will no longer allow news photographers or cameramen at the scenes of bomb attacks. Brigadier General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, head of the ministry's national operations center, told AFP that the prohibition was enacted in response to evidence being disturbed … [read more]

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