EUJUST LEX is a civilian crisis management operation conducted under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The core aim is to foster confidence, mutual respect and operational cooperation between the different branches of the Iraqi criminal justice system (police, judiciary and penitentiary).
The operational phase of the EUJUST LEX mission started on 1 July 2005. Training activities for Iraqi rule of law professionals initially took place in EU member states and are now concentrated within Iraq. By December 2009, 2975 Iraqi judges, investigating judges, senior police and penitentiary officers in senior management positions had participated in 111 integrated and specialist courses 21 practical work experience secondments and in country training activities.
Francisco Díaz Acantud succeeded Stephen White as Head of Mission in January 2010.
The EU Commission also a have a presence in Iraq.