Iraq: Collaborative Training Initiative

In early March, NCSC’s Judicial Development Institute Curriculum Project coordinated a study tour for 10 Higher Judicial Council of Iraq members - who are also leaders of the country’s Judicial Development Institute’s (JDI) governing body - to Ankara, Turkey. The Chief Justice of Iraq, Medhat al-Mahmoud, was a member of the Iraqi delegation.

The trip was organized to provide JDI leadership with an opportunity to meet with their Turkish counterparts at Turkey's Ministry of Justice, its Cassation Court, Constitutional Court, High Council of Prosecutors and Judges (HCPJ), and Judicial Academy. Iraq's Ambassador to Turkey worked with NCSC to facilitate the visit.

With a focus on judicial education, Turkish representatives made presentations on initial training of judicial candidates as well as continuing legal education (CLE) for sitting judges.  The Iraqi delegation was also able to observe parts of a three day CLE program sponsored and organized by the Turkish Judicial Academy and speak with participants. 

The meetings were deemed very important to both sides because this was the first formal meeting of leaders from the Iraqi and Turkish justice sector institutions. The delegates from both sides found that they had much in common. Both parties put a high priority on staying connected. To that end, the Turkish Judicial Academy and the HCPJ are drafting a Memorandum of Understanding, framing a proposal to guide development of the relationship between the Turkish and Iraqi judiciaries.