University of Pittsburgh
Pitt Law Alumni Association

Lunch & Learn

March 27, 2014 - 12:00pm
Allegheny HYP Club
619 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The Law Alumni Association in conjunction with the ACBA presents:

Lunch & Learn
Thursday, March 27, 2014
noon—1:00 p.m.
Allegheny HYP Club, Library
619 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq

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?

Professor Hamoudi argues in his book 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.

This program and lunch are provided free by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. This event is open to all Pitt Law alumni.  Members of the ACBA are invited to attend.

Please RSVP HERE no later than March 20, 2014.  Space is limited.

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