Treatment of Torture in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969

We are fortunate that Professor Wasfi al-Sharaa of Basra University has permitted us to publish his research paper on the treatment of Torture in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969.

Article 333 of the Penal Code states:
Any public official or agent who tortures or orders the torture of an accused, witness or informant […]

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Statements of Dying Victims

We are fortunate that Professor Wasfi al-Sharaa of Basra University has permitted us to publish his research paper on Statements of Dying Victims.

Article 216 of the Criminal Procedure Code No. 23 of 1971 states that:
The court may accept the statement of a dying victim as evidence relating to the offence and its perpetrator […]

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Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Society and the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969

Dr Bushra Al-Aubaidi of Baghdad University College of Law has kindly permitted us to publish her research (in Arabic) on gender discrimination in Iraqi Society and in the Penal Code No. 111 of 1969.

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Sources of Law in Iraq

Below, we have attempted to set out the major sources of law in Iraq. Giving examples from the criminal law field.

1. Post 2005 by law (qanun) passed by the Council of Representatives, approved by the Presidency Council and Published in the Official Gazette
e.g.
• Law No. 13 of 2007, Reintroducing the safeguards contained […]

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Status of Revolutionary Command Council resolutions, laws, decisions and decrees

After the 1958 Revolution, Iraq had a series of interim or temporary constitutions.

The Revolutionary Command Council as a legislative power came into being in 1963, pursuant to Law No. 25 of 1963 which was replaced by Law No. 61 of 1964, amended by Law No. 173 of 1964 and then repealed by Law No. […]

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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 […]

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The many lives of Article 136(b) Criminal Procedure Code, Law 23 of 1971

It was reported on 14 May 2009 on  the front page of Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had suspended in part the operation of Article 136(b) of the Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971 as part of his anti-corruption drive.

Article 136(b) has had a varied life.

All of Article […]

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Global Legal Information Network

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database based at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC containing summaries of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Its Iraq selection contains summaries of over 400 laws and references to the relevant issue […]

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Arab Law Quarterly

The Arab Law Quarterly (Consulting Editor: W.M. Ballantyne; Editor in Chief: M.S.W. Hoyle) is a very expensive but frequently useful journal published by Brill and now in its 23rd year. It is available online for subscribers and articles may be purchased on an individual basis.

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Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

The Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law is an excellent and overpriced resource published by Kluwer for the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the University of London. Dating back to the early 1990s and now in its 13th volume, YIMEL contains an annual update of legal developments in each […]

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