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Features
20 Jul 2013

Although US-led coalition forces succeeded in taking de facto control of Iraq by April 2003, the whereabouts of deposed president Saddam Hussein remained unknown during the beginning of post-invasion occupation. The capture and prosecution of Saddam was an important piece of the US war strategy — the alleged crimes of … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Feb 2011

Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LLM '08 and JD '11, was a judge at the Iraqi National Rounds for the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She shares her impressions of Iraqi students and judges' performance... I was invited to judge the Iraqi National Rounds for the Jessup International Moot Court … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants also sentenced to death [JURIST report; BBC verdict summary] in the Dujail trial [JURIST news archive] will be executed Thursday, according to an Iraqi government official. Former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Rizgar Mohammed Amin [JURIST news archive], the Iraqi Kurdish judge who presided over the Saddam Hussein Dujail trial [JURIST news archive] before resigning [JURIST report] in early 2006 over criticisms of his handling of the case, has said that Hussein's execution [JURIST report] violated Iraqi law banning executions during … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Nov 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the trials of Saddam Hussein should continue and his death sentence in the Dujail case should be stayed at least until two other key proceedings against him are completed... Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death by … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi [JURIST news archive], chief defense lawyer for ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], told Reuters Sunday he met with his client for seven hours and discussed a possible end to the defense boycott of the trial. Earlier this month, Hussein's lawyers claimed they were being … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi [JURIST news archive], chief defense lawyer for deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Sunday he had been notified by "the Americans" that defense lawyers for Hussein and his co-defendants would not be allowed access to their clients. This is the first time that lawyers … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad Wednesday with Hussein, four co-defendants, and defense lawyers boycotting the proceedings [JURIST report] in protest against the new chief judge. Ra'uf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile] was named chief judge after Rizgar Mohammed Amin [JURIST news archive] resigned [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed briefly Sunday under new Kurdish chief judge Ra'uf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman [Aljazeera profile] but was adjourned again after Hussein, defense lawyers, and two co-defendants left the courtroom protesting the earlier removal of Saddam's half brother and co-defendant Barzan al-Tikriti. Abdel-Rahman, who replaced … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2006
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] US-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch [advocacy website], said [press release] Saturday that interference by Iraqi political groups may compromise the independence of the judges on the Iraqi High Criminal Court - formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] - conducting the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive]. HRW … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Iraqi High Criminal Court trying ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and co-defendants for crimes against humanity has canceled its session scheduled for Tuesday and has instead set January 29 as the date of its next hearing of witnesses in the case. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] The chief investigative judge for the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) announced Monday that judge Ra'uf Rashid will replace former chief judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive]. Amin's resignation earlier this month [JURIST news report] was followed … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive], currently a member of the defense team representing deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], told Reuters Sunday that Hussein's trial should be suspended. Referring to the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly, the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]), Clark … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Criminal Court (IHCC) (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) confirmed Thursday that Sayeed al-Hamashi, who was selected to preside over the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] on Monday, will retain his position despite allegations that he belonged to the banned Baath party [BBC backgrounder]. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Judges on the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly, the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]), the court trying Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], are in disagreement over how to choose a new chief judge to replace Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile]. Amin resigned last week [JURIST report] in protest of criticism … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A replacement judge has been named to preside over the Iraqi High Criminal Court [formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]] trying ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein following the weekend resignation [JURIST report] of chief judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile], according to the court's chief prosecutor speaking Monday. Amin … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iraqi officials are attempting to persuade the chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] to remain in his position, according to prosecutors speaking Sunday. A tribunal official confirmed Saturday that Kurdish judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile] had officially filed his resignation [JURIST report] in protest over … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] An official with the Iraqi tribunal trying Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity confirmed Saturday that chief judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile] has in fact submitted his resignation. The resignation was originally reported [JURIST report] late Friday but was subsequently disputed by two of Amin's colleagues [JURIST report]. The … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Two judges sitting with Iraqi High Criminal Court judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile], currently presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], Saturday dismissed as "baseless" press reports that he would resign [JURIST report] at the next sitting of the court on January 24. One judge who asked … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A source close to Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile], the chief judge of the Iraqi High Criminal Court presiding at the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], said Friday that Amin would "withdraw" from his position, announcing his reasons at the end of the next trial sitting scheduled for January … [read more]

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