On April 10, 2011, Libyan officials promised democratic reforms and pledged to draft a new constitution for the country. The statement was released after the UN announced that international inspectors would enter Libya in that same month to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by both rebels forces and then-autocrat Muammar Gaddafi's troops. Gaddafi was ultimately killed in October 2011 and his passing was followed by a UN investigation probing whether his death was the accidental result of a firefight or an extrajudicial execution. Following Gaddafi's death, the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) released a draft law that was used to select the country's constitutional council in January 2012.
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Learn more about Libya and the Arab Spring from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on the unintended legal consequences of Gaddafi's death by JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Toone in Dateline.