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JURIST Publishes New Iraq War Feature


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JURIST Publishes New Iraq War Feature

Pittsburgh, PA - December 13, 2011 - is proud to announce publication of a new feature section devoted to the Iraq War. JURIST has been providing unique coverage of the war for almost a decade, including breaking news reports, links to original source materials and commentary from legal professionals, law professors and experts directly involved in the prosecution of the war. JURIST's latest feature provides a comprehensive overview of the war, as well as a retrospective of JURIST coverage, which includes analysis of the legitimacy of the conflict, the formation of the Iraqi constitution, the trial of Saddam Hussein, and allegations of war crimes and lawsuits. The feature is further enhanced by commentary from several experts, including Haider Ala Hamoudi, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a recognized expert on Iraq and the law of the Middle East, and Kevin Govern, Assistant Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law and a former US Army Judge Advocate, among others. For full coverage, please visit

"For almost a decade, JURIST has been at the forefront of exploring and explaining the legal issues involved in the Iraq War," said Matthew Shames, JURIST's Executive Director. "The Iraq War has challenged legal systems like few other events of the past several decades. Given the imminent withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, as well as the fact that we are fast approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the war, we strongly believe that the time is right to present a comprehensive review of the legal matters involved in the prosecution of the war. With the publication of this new feature, JURIST continues to document the law as it has developed, furthering our goal of empowering people to be actively involved in the further evolution of legal systems around the world."

JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation housed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Commonly referred to simply as JURIST (, it publishes Web-based legal news and commentary produced by over 50 part-time law student writers, editors and Web developers, supervised by professional and law faculty staff. Reflecting its academic roots, JURIST presents legal news in a factual, objective manner, focusing on legal issues with significant jurisprudential, social and political implications. JURIST reports emphasize and routinely link to the primary source materials - judicial decisions, legislation, testimony, and reports - behind the news. JURIST is produced as a public service for the continuing legal education of its readers and law student staffers.

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