Legal Database Handed Over to Government

18 Jan 2012

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By May Fareed, UNDP Iraq

During a ceremony in Beirut on 8 December 2011 UNDP Iraq handed over the Legal Database to the Government of Iraq represented by Higher Judicial Council. The project designed to collect and maintain the corpus of the Iraqi official legal documents provides easy access to the Iraqi legislations and their enforcement.

Representing the Higher Judicial Council, H.E. Chief Justice of Iraq Judge Medhat AlMahmoud thanked UNDP Iraq for their work on the database for the past four years. “This database is a historic and unique reference in the Middle East as it contains all Iraqi laws and court decisions” he said. “The Council is ready and eager to take over the responsibility of sustaining and maintaining this database” he added.

Support to the development of the Iraq Legal Database has been under the auspices of UNDP’s Rule of Law Programme with funding from the Government of Spain and the European Union as part of their broader funding to the programme. The project was implemented in three phases: the first two consisted of collecting and grouping all Iraqi legal texts in a sample knowledge legal database. While the third phase, developed the database further to ensure friendly access to a wide range of users.

Available on-line from www.iraq-ild.org since September 2006, the Iraq Legal Database has 27,433 all Iraqi legal texts published since 1917 including 7,136 laws, 4,265 ministerial instructions, 3,268 regulations, 5,029 declarations, and 18,000 court decisions. Upon its launch, the Database became a reference tool for legal professionals working on Iraq contributing to the promotion of the Rule of Law in Iraq at the national, regional and international levels.

The ceremony in Beirut was attended by high Iraqi officials from Iraqi Higher Judicial Council, Shura Council, Ministry of Justice, Iraqi ambassador to Lebanon, parliament members, and representatives from Kurdistan Regional Government, experts who worked on developing the database and local and international media.