Posted on | December 13, 2009
The Iraqi Penal Code No. 111 of 1969 in article 87 defines the term ‘life imprisonment’ (sijn mua’abbad) as “the confinement of a convicted person in a penal institution set up by law for that purpose for a period of 20 years”. This form of punishment could apply when a serious crime such as intentional […]Read More»
Posted on | December 11, 2009
From October 2001 until early 2003 over 200 international experts and exiled Iraqi engineers, lawyers, businesspeople, doctors and others, spearheaded by the US State Department, met to discuss and advise on public health and humanitarian needs, transparency and anti-corruption, oil and energy, defense policy and institutions, transitional justice, democratic principles and procedures, local government, civil […]Read More»
Posted on | December 3, 2009
See here for the previous history of the 2009 amendment to the election law
On 3 December 2009, the Federal Supreme Court issued Opinion 76 of 2009 confirming that the members of Presidency Council have until Sunday 6 December 2009 to consider their exercise of veto.
The decision in the original Arabic can be found Read More»
Posted on | November 30, 2009
The police in Iraq operate under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior. The police and the Iraqi army (which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence) are sometimes collectively referred to as the Iraqi Security Services. The Police and other forces controlled by the state excepting the army are sometimes referred to […]Read More»
Posted on | November 29, 2009
The normal Federal Judiciary is described here. This post lists the courts and tribunals outside the administration of the Higher Judicial Council.
Article 95 of the Constitution states that:
The establishment of special or extraordinary courts is prohibited.
Article 15(I) of the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) had stated:
Civilians may not be tried before […]
Posted on | November 27, 2009
France 24 reports on a new law on Parliamentary privileges passed by the Council of Representatives after two attempts by the Presidency Council to challenge the law by returning it to the Parliament. Under Article 138(Fifth)(C) of the Constitution after the Presidency Council returns a law for a second time, the Council […]Read More»
Posted on | November 18, 2009
On 18 November 2009 in Baghdad, the Commission on Integrity, GJPI & IREX held a roundtable on anti-corruption.
Vigorous discussion concerning anti-corruption took place between members of the judicial, executive and legislative branches; anti-corruption institutions and […]Read More»
Posted on | November 17, 2009
A referendum on the monarchy in 1921 was followed by elections to the Constituent Assembly of 1924 which approved the text of a constitution later signed by the King in 1925.
Under the constitution of 1925, Iraq was a monarchy, with two Houses of Parliament, a Senate, appointed by the King, and a House of […]Read More»
Posted on | November 13, 2009
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
• Law No. 13 of 2007, Reintroducing the safeguards contained […]
Posted on | November 13, 2009
The British Guardian newspaper reported on 12 November 2009 that it had been fined 100 million dinars by an Iraqi court for reporting criticism of the country’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. the fine was paid to al-Maliki as damages for defamation.
Al-Maliki’s Dawa party issued a statement on Thursday 12 November 2009 denying that […]