Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)

Posted on | August 27, 2009

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 […]

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Constitutional Review Committee Report

Posted on | August 26, 2009

The Constitutional Review Committee sub-committee’s report suggesting amendments to the Constitution is available from the the Council of Representatives website. The document is in the form of a marked up copy of the existing constitution. Blue text is said to represent amendments and red text additions. There are also comments contained in boxes.

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

Posted on | August 23, 2009

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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Law Reform 1977 style

Posted on | August 21, 2009

In 2009 Baghdad and Erbil are subject to a veritable barrage of law reform proposals. The Council of Representatives is sitting on proposals for constitutional review and bills such as those to give a sure footing to the judiciary; to give a proper structure to the various anti-corruption bodies; for a constitutionally compliant process to […]

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Black Iraqis claim discrimination in Basra

Posted on | August 18, 2009

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, […]

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

Posted on | August 17, 2009

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 of […]

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The Judiciary and the law in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Posted on | August 14, 2009

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 […]

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150 Laws Waiting for Parliamentary Ratification

Posted on | August 12, 2009

The Al-Sabah government newspaper on 11 August 2009 reported that “on September 8th, when the Council of Representatives will [supposedly] conclude its current summer break, it will face a big challenge. This challenge is the necessity to discuss and ratify about 150 draft laws.
The new challenge for Parliament, especially its Presidency, is the […]

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Federal Judiciary

Posted on | August 8, 2009

The Federal Judiciary is administered by the Higher Judicial Council which compiles regular statistical reports on the state of the judiciary and its caseload, outside the 3 Kurdish governorates administered from Erbil, published on its excellent website.

The most recent report, issued in April 2009, relates to the number of judges and reveals that […]

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Iraq and International Human Rights Declarations and Treaties

Posted on | August 7, 2009

United Nations Instruments
Iraq voted in favour of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Iraq is a signatory to the following International Human Rights Treaties: