The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) on Thursday announced a disbursement of $1.3 billion to two claimants who suffered damages during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The two claimants were compensated for destruction of Kuwait's oil field assets. The UNCC, which was established by the UN in ...[read more]
JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq must reform portions of its commercial legal structure if it hopes to foster a sustainable oil industry...Recent events seem to demonstrate that Iraq may well provide a signature lesson on the dangers ...[read more]
On July 4, 2010, a contentious draft oil bill stalled in the Iraqi parliament after objections to the terms of the bill were raised by Sunni, Kurd and Shiite lawmakers associated with the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The revised draft of the oil bill would have controlled how profits from the ...[read more]
Iraq's justice minister announced Wednesday that 26 former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein have been transferred from US to Iraqi custody as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. The prisoners, transferred from Camp Cropper to Kadhimiya prison in Baghdad, include ...[read more]
Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LLM '08 and JD '11, was an observer to the Iraqi Constitutional Review Committee through the University of Utah Quinney School of Law's Global Justice Project: Iraq. She shares her experiences with the issue of environmental protection in Iraq...
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The Iraqi Parliament passed a controversial election law amendment on Sunday, paving the way for January elections as mandated by the Iraqi Constitution. The new law addresses two issues that were the cause of an impasse. The amended law calls for open lists that name the candidates, not just ...[read more]
On September 14 1960, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq. OPEC was created to promote higher crude oil prices for its members through the restriction of global supply. Learn more about the history of OPEC from Le Monde.
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The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Sunday announced plans to collect signatures to initiate a referendum to make the province of Basra autonomous so that it can benefit from its oil wealth. The referendum was initiated by Wael Abdul Latif, an independent member of ...[read more]
JURIST Special Guest Columnists Nancy Wohlforth and Fred Mason, Co-Convenors of U.S. Labor Against the War, say that the proposed Iraqi oil law would put effective control of most of Iraq's vast oil resources into the hands of foreign companies and make a mockery of any real Iraqi sovereignty... ...[read more]
JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says the Iraqi government needs to secure independent counsel over and above whatever guidance it has received from US government advisers before entering into key oil contracts with major US oil companies... ...[read more]