U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
May 5, 2004
NOTICE TO THE PRESS
Iraqi Judges Discussing Rule of Law With
International Legal Experts in The Hague
Twenty-eight judges and Ministry of Justice officials are in The Hague,
Netherlands May 5 and 6 to participate in a Rule of Law training program and
The Iraqi judges are meeting with legal experts from the United States, England
and other countries to discuss the importance of rule of law to a healthy and
open society, separation of powers and federalism, and the role of the judiciary
in securing fundamental rights. The Iraqi judges will also discuss the unique
challenges facing the Iraqi judiciary.
This trip is the first time in over 30 years that Iraqi judges have been able to
participate in such an international gathering. A second trip is planned for
September, when Iraqi judges will travel to Prague to meet with their East
European counterparts, who ten years ago faced many of the same issues that the
Iraqi judges face now.
International participants will include: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony
Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Lord Chief Justice of
England and Wales, Lord Woolf, and other legal experts and judges.
Media wanting more information or to cover this workshop should contact:
Jess Baily 011.31.70.31.09.440 at the U.S. Embassy The Hague
Susan Phalen, Director, International Press Center, Office of Strategic
Communications, CPA - Baghdad at 31-62-522-3569.
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