University of Pittsburgh

Negotiating in Civil Conflict

A book presentation by Pitt Law professor and author
Haider Ala Hamoudi
January 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 111
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

In 2005, Iraq drafted its first constitution and held the country's first democratic election in more than 80 years.  Even under ideal conditions, drafting a constitution can be a prolonged process marked by contentious debate.  Conditions in Iraq, then and now, are far from ideal.

So how is it that Iraq was able to surmount its sectarianism to draft a constitution that speaks to the conflicting and largely incompatible ideological views of the Sunnis, Shi'ah, and Kurds?

Pitt Law Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi argues in his book, Negotiating in Civil Conflict, that the terms of the Iraqi Constitution are sufficiently capacious to be interpreted in a variety of ways, allowing it to appeal to the country's three main sects despite their deep disagreements.

Join Hamoudi as he discusses his book and his work in Baghdad with the constitution's primary drafting representatives.

A reception for all attendees will follow the presentation.

R.S.V.P. today!

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (1) hour of substantive credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.


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