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Iraq Background

Through its Iraq Legal Development Project, the Rule of Law Initiative initiated technical legal assistance to Iraq in 2003. Working first with the provisional, interim and transitional authorities in Iraq and then with the permanent government, as well as with a variety of civil society groups, the ABA’s assistance has encompassed the areas of constitutional development, judicial independence and integrity, women and the law, and human rights. Although the ABA suspended its office operations in Baghdad in late 2006 due to deteriorating security conditions, it remains committed to continued support for the development of the rule of law and human rights in Iraq.