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Of Course It Is a War, and It Is Lawful
September 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to....... [more]

UN officials urge respect for Iraq constitution
August 12, 2014
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern 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....... [more]

Iraqi Constitutional Division
December 28, 2013
JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, as its new government matures, Iraq must address critical issues left ambiguous in the initial constitution if it desires to remain revelavant and united ... UN officials have recently reported that sectaria....... [more]

Iraq high court rejects term limits law
August 27, 2013
Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure in January to limit the offices of premier, president and parliament speaker to....... [more]

Forming the Post-Saddam Government
July 20, 2013
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....... [more]

Iraq's Islamic Bank and the Islamicity of Interest
January 14, 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....... [more]

Federal appeals court to review US Marine murder conviction
July 4, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday decided to hear the appeal of a former US Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of an Iraqi policeman. The court approved a review in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III on a petition claiming that Hutchins' constitutional rights were violated....... [more]

Judicial Review of Islamic Law Under Iraq's Constitution
April 26, 2012
JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that recent decisions by the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq demonstrate the Court's deference to the legislature over legal questions that implicate controversial areas of religious doctrine...Recently, the Federal....... [more]

Human Rights and Respecting Personal Freedoms in Iraq
March 14, 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 appare....... [more]

Iraq Presidency Council approved execution of 'Chemical Ali'
February 29, 2012
On February 29, 2008, Iraq's Presidency Council upheld Ali Hassan al-Majid's sentence of death by hanging for participation in genocide and war crimes in 1988. The council had been debating what to do with al-Majid (also known as "Chemical Ali") for several months following his original sentence fro....... [more]

FISA and the Battle Between National Security and Privacy
February 17, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Jimmy Gurulé of the University of Notre Dame Law School says that Congress may have chosen to protect national security interests over the rights of criminal defendants in allowing a lower standard of constitutional protections under FISA...Defendant Mohanad Shareef Hamma....... [more]


    Draft Iraqi Constitution [UN]

    Draft Iraqi Constitution Analysis [CEIP]

    Iraq's Constitutional Process [USIP]

    Constitutional Referendum Law [IECI]

    Referendum Pamphlet [IECI]

    Ind. Electoral Commission of Iraq

    Transitional Administrative Law

    Iraqi Constitution [Wikipedia]