Notes in Defense of the Iraq Constitution
Haider Ala Hamoudi
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law
February 1, 2011
University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 32, Forthcoming
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, Vol. 14, 2011
U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-02
This paper is a defense of sorts of the Iraqi constitution, arguing that the language used in it was wisely designed to allow some level of flexibility, such that the constitution could evolve as social and political circumstances necessitated. The point is more than a theoretical one. Enormous changes in the political landscape and understandings of popular will have occurred. Due to the flexibility of the language, and the Constitution has not only survived them, but has had its own legitimacy considerably broadened as a result.
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Date posted: February 3, 2011 ; Last revised: September 28, 2011
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