Iraq’s Shura Councils and universities modernize legislative drafting methodologies

Sep 22, 2015

Shura Council members and academics working together to draft a counter-terrorism financing law @ UNDP Iraq/2015

Eighteen members of Iraq’s federal and regional Shura Councils and academics from different universities gathered in Amman for a three-week workshop on legislative drafting, with a special focus on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq, “the workshop focused on modern legislative drafting and its gradual integration to substitute traditional methodologies,” explained Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Sabra, an international expert in legislative drafting and owner of the Dubai-based Sabra Legal Training Institute. “One of the core values is producing legislations and laws in a transparent and democratic manner.”

Over the period of 5 to 22 September, participants worked closely to draft a counter-terrorism financing law. “It was a much needed training to advance our knowledge and experience, both the theoretical and practical, including drafting the permeable, final provisions, citing and references to international laws and conventions,” noted Qassim Abadi Mahdi Al Ameri of the Federal Shura Council.

The 17-day workshop witnessed in-depth discussions amongst participants over legislative drafting, policies, and terminology. “We are glad that hours of serious discussions and drafting concluded with a clear agreed upon text,” said Rana Mohammed Al-Bayati, law professor at the Baghdad-based University of Al Nahrain.

As working groups were tasked with the production of different chapters, participants circled around three tables, drafting, while discussing references to vital anti-corruption measures and human rights laws among other relevant topics. “It was an invaluable opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas,” commended law professor at Salahaddin University of Erbil, Alan Bahaddin Al-Mudarris. “One of the key lessons is how to identify legal weaknesses and gaps. We need to revisit some existing legislations using the modern drafting techniques we learned.”

Through its Accountability, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Programme, UNDP has been working closely with the local authorities and other partners since 2005 to foster accountability, transparency and good governance, as stipulated in Iraq’s National Development Plan 2013-2017 and KRG’s Strategic Development Vision for 2020, and in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

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