Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)

The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) was created in 2004 as the successor to the Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General (CPA-IG). It was created by the US Congress to provide oversight of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) and all obligations, expenditures, and revenues associated with reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Iraq. […]

Constitutional Review Committee Report

The Constitutional Review Committee sub-committee’s report suggesting amendments to the Constitution is available from the the Council of Representatives website. This document includes the amendments along with U of U annotations. This copy is a marked up version of the original constitution. Blue text is said to represent amendments and red text additions. There are also […]

Status of Coalition Provisional Authority Regulations, Orders, Memoranda and Notices

All CPA Regulations, Orders, Memoranda and Notices can be found on the CPA Official Archive site.* The CPA legislated by edicts signed by Paul Bremer, the ‘Administrator’. Regulation Number 1 signed 16 May 2003, states that it is made “Pursuant to my authority as Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) relevant UN Security Council resolutions, […]

Black Iraqis claim discrimination in Basra

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) have published a fascinating short article by Abduladhim Karim about a little discussed minority in Basra. Discrimination is contrary to Article 14 of the Constitution which states: Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, origin, color, religion, sect, belief or […]

Baha al-A’araji: 30 Draft Laws are Ready for Voting

In al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, it was reported on 17 August 2009 that Baha al-A’araji had confirmed that the next session will witness questioning of ministers and officials. He also revealed a request to lift parliamentary immunity for Adnan al-Dulaimi. The article is translated below. Baha al-A’araji, Chair of the Legal Committee in the Council […]

The Judiciary and the law in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The structure of the Kurdistan Regional court and judicial system closely follows that of the Federal judiciary. Decree No. 11 of August 1992 and the Judicial Authority Law No. 44 of December 1992 set out the basis for the judiciary in the region as an autonomous independent establishment of the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Courts […]