US efforts to establish the rule of law in Iraq have met with some criticism. In November 2007, a delegation of lawyers from the Iraqi bar association hand-delivered a letter [JURIST report] to several US lawmakers that criticized the US government for not devoting adequate financial resources to ensure the rule of law in Iraq. Last week, a former senior advisor for legislative framework in the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office told US Ambassador Ryan Crocker in a memo [PDF text; JURIST report] that US officials in the country had "mostly ignored legal culture institutions that address underlying requirements for the very success of the rule of law."
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