Iraq

 

Overview

Constitutional document in force:

 

 

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The country pages are collections from information openly available on the web or documents obtained by the MECF with national constitutional events categorized as follows:

1. New Constitutional Document

A “New Constitutional Document” under the terms of this website is a text that bears new constitutional authority, which was not enacted by a preexisting amendment procedure of the highest law available.

2. Amendment

Documents are categorized as “Amendments” if they were established according to an existing constitutional amendment procedure.

3. Proposal

A “Proposal” is an amendment that was not or is supposed to be implemented in future.

4. Interpretation

An “Interpretation” is a legal determination by a body that is endowed with the authority to issue binding interpretations on the constitutional text. This category is not limited to courts or other traditional bodies of the judiciary. Exemplary bodies include constitutional courts or boards.

5. Related Legal Text

“Related Legal Texts” are those legal documents that are directly relevant to the constitutional provisions and are hierarchically placed below constitutional legal authority. Examples include election laws, laws relating to political parties and laws on the judiciary.

We list secondary materials for each constitutional event of the five categories. These include scholarly articles and the travaux préparatoires.

15/10/2005 | New Constitutional Document | 2005 Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English

Kurdî/كوردى

Secondary Materials:

1. Zaid Al-Ali, Constitutional Legitimacy in Iraq: What Role Local Context?, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
2. Bawar Bammarny, Rule of Law in Iraq, in Understanding the Rule of Law in various Legal Orders of the World (Koetter, Matthias & Schuppert, Gunnar Folke eds., 2011).
3. Jörg Fedtke & Al-Ali, Zaid, The Constitution of Iraq: A Contextual Analysis (2011).
4. Robert Springborg, Democratic Beacon in Iraq: A dim light indeed, Orient 6-11 (2011).
5. Kirsten Stilt, Islamic Law and the Remaking of the Iraqi Legal System, 36 George Washington International Law Review 395 (2004).…

08/03/2004 | New Constitutional Document | Transitional Administrative Law of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English

Kurdî/العربية

Secondary Materials:

1. Andrew Arato, Constitution Making Under Occupation: The Politics of Imposed Revolution in Iraq (2009).
2. Larry Diamond, Key Democratic Principles of Iraq’s Transitional Administrative Law (2004), Link.
3. Kirsten Stilt, Islamic Law and the Remaking of the Iraqi Legal System, 36 George Washington International Law Review 395 (2004).…

16/07/1970 | New Constitutional Document | 1970 Interim Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية – [kindly provided by Jordan Toone]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

21/09/1968 | New Constitutional Document | 1968 Interim Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

29/04/1964 | New Constitutional Document | 1964 Interim Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

23/03/1964 | New Constitutional Document | 1964 United Arab Republic Constitution

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية – [kindly provided by Jordan Toone]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Union agreement, (tripartite: Egypt, Syria and Iraq), Youssef Kazama Khoury, Constitutions in the Arab world (Provisions and amendments) 1839-1987 (1989), 570-583 Link (Arabic).…

04/04/1963 | New Constitutional Document | The National Revolutionary Command Council Law No. 26 of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

27/09/1958 | Related Legal Text | Law No. 162 of 1958 (“Emergency Law”)

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Issandr El-Amrani, The Emergency Law needs to go, The Arabist, September 15, 2011, Link (last visited Jul 6, 2012).
2. Egypt: Repeal Emergency Law, Abolish Emergency State Security Court, Human Rights Watch, August 3, 2003, Link (last visited Jul 6, 2012).
3. Hotline: Egypt’s extension of emergency law means continued rights violations, Jurist, May 28, 2008, Link (last visited Jul 6, 2012).…

27/07/1958 | New Constitutional Document | 1958 Interim Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).

2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

05/03/1958 | New Constitutional Document | 1958 United Arab Republic Interim Constitution

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية – [kindly provided by Jordan Toone]

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Union agreement, (tripartite: Egypt, Syria and Iraq), Youssef Kazama Khoury, Constitutions in the Arab world (Provisions and amendments) 1839-1987 (1989), 570-583 Link (Arabic).…

29/07/1925 | Amendment | 1925 Constitution of Iraq as amended 07/1925

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

21/03/1925 | New Constitutional Document | 1925 Constitution of Iraq

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

English - [Support the project - submit available references]

Kurdî/كوردى – [Support the project - submit available references]

Secondary Materials:

1. Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2004).
2. Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq (2nd ed. ed. 2002).…

 

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