UNDP Iraq launches a comprehensive legal training programme for over 400 Iraqi judges and legal officials.

Jan 13, 2011

imageJustice Afif Shamseddine (former President of the Lebanon Court of Cassation – left) and Chief Justice Medhat Al-Mahmoud (right) at the launch of the comprehensive legal training programme in Erbil – Jan 2011


The Iraqi Higher Judicial Council and UNDP Iraq have jointly launched a comprehensive legal training programme for Iraqi Judges and legal officials in Erbil. The programme consists of 23 training courses on a range of legal and administrative topics, supporting judges and legal staff to work most effectively and promote justice in Iraq. The training programme is assisted by the European Union, which has an ongoing commitment to promote justice and the rule of law in Iraq, and the Iraqi Trust Fund.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Chief Justice Medhat Al-Mahmoud said, ‘this programme will enhance the skills and capacity of Iraqi Judges, and will help judges and Iraqi officials working in the justice sector to handle the current challenges that we face in Iraq.’

The launch was followed by a three day course attended by over 40 Iraqi judges and legal officials on ‘Judicial Ethics and the Independence of the Judiciary’, which highlighted the importance of the constitutional independence of the Iraqi judiciary, in addition to a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical duties which must be followed by Iraqi judges.

The training programme is conducted by the Arab Centre for Rule of Law and Integrity, with expert lecturers from Iraq joined by international experts from the Arab region and beyond. The courses have been designed specifically for Iraq, based on Iraqi domestic law and international best practice. Training courses will be held in Erbil, Baghdad and Basra on topics including arbitration, procedural law, conducting fair and just investigations, anti-corruption, human rights, family law, strategic planning, training of trainers and judicial ethics.

UNDP Iraq’s Head of Governance Mohamed AL-Ghannam noted that the training programme includes a strong ‘training of trainers’ component, so Iraqis trained under the programme will have the technical expertise and the training materials to conduct similar courses in other parts of Iraq.

The programme is part of the European Union’s ‘Support to the Rule of Law and Justice’ initiative. Under this initiative the European Union and UNDP Iraq work together with the Iraqi Government to improve the efficiency, transparency and accessibility of the Iraqi justice system through training, technical assistance and the promotion of legal rights. The Government of Spain has also supported this training programme through the Iraqi Trust Fund.


Contact Information

 For further information, please contact Christine Fowler, UNDP Iraq Rule of Law Project Manager at Christine.Fowler@undp.org

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