Draft Kurdish Constitution: Updated

The Kurdistan Regional Government has posted the text of the draft Kurdistan Region of Iraq constitution on its excellent website in Arabic and in Kurdish – English translation here.

There have been a number of previous drafts – most recently in October 2008 – English translation here.

Al-Sabaah, the Iraqi Government newspaper on […]

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SOFA referendum: Updated

Al-Sabaah, the Government newspaper, on 24 June 2008 reported on its front page that the Council of Ministers are to encourage the Council of Representatives to pass legislation to postpone the referendum on the US / Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement, which is otherwise due to take place by the end of July.
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Anti-Corruption Supplement and Elections

On 16 June 2009, Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, published a supplement on anti-corruption including articles on electoral corruption, lessons to be learned form the Lebanese experience, political parties draft law, abuse of the education system, NGOs and civil society and Transparency International.

Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report presents the main findings of a […]

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Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT)

The acronym heavy Multinational Security Transition Command- Iraq, Directorate of Interior Affairs, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (MNSTC-I, DoIA, CPATT) “assists in the development of the Ministry of Interior and its Forces in order to contribute to the defeat of insurgency and to create a safe and secure Iraq in which the government […]

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International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

The US Department of Justice, through the Criminal Division’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. Situated in the Department of Justice, with programs funded primarily by […]

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Law and Order Task Force (LAOTF)

In February 2007, the US Department of Justice and Multi National Forces-Iraq formed the Law and Order Task Force (LAOTF), a joint-Iraqi, civilian and military capacity-building organization. The task force objectives are “to assist in the development of an independent, evidence-based, transparent, and evenhanded law enforcement and judicial system that can adjudicate trials of […]

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US Embassy Rule of Law Coordinator’s Office: If you build it, they will come

The US Department of Justice maintains a Rule of Law Coordinator’s (RoLC) Office at the US Embassy in Baghdad.

In May 2007, the State Department reorganized the Office of the Rule of Law Coordinator (RoLC) in Baghdad to consolidate all civilian and law enforcement efforts to support the rule of law in Iraq, under a single […]

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Criminal Procedure Case-study (2): The killing of James Kitterman

Five men, four of them US contractors were arrested by Iraqi police as a result of an investigation into the death of US businessman, James Kitterman, in Baghdad’s International Zone. It would appear that they are not however suspected of the murder itself. On 13 June 2009 the Washington Post reported that three of […]

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Criminal Procedure Case-study (1): Abdul-Falah al-Sudani

[see also previous post]
Former Minister of Trade, Abdul-Falah al-Sudani, was arrested on 30 May 2009 following the issue of a warrant from the court in Samawa (in Al-Muthanna Governorate in the south of the country).
Alleged Crime: Sudani, a 62-year-old dual British Iraqi national, is being questioned about accusations of squandering public money […]

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Gertrude Bell’s 1920 Review of the Civil Administration of Mesopotamia

In 1920 the British Mandate power commissioned a report, written by Gertrude Bell of the Civil Administration of Mesopotamia, covering the period of the British Military Occupation up to the summer of 1920. It was applauded by both houses of the British Parliament upon receipt.
She noted that “at various times modifications [had been] […]

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