Legal news from Saturday, March 22, 2003
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday submitted a notification to Congress on the Iraq war under the terms of the War Powers Resolution (1973) [text], which says: SEC. 4. (a) In the absence of a declaration of war, in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced--(1) into hostilities or [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Arab world are preparing to stage a protest strike Monday at the call of the Cairo-based Arab Lawyers Association, which has asserted that the current war in Iraq is in violation of international law. More details in Saturday's Gulf Daily News. [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Radio Australia Saturday: Iraq will not apply international conventions on prisoners of war, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf says. Mr al-Sahaf has told a press conference coalition troops are not soldiers and instead called them mercenaries to whom international law does not apply.Read the complete story. [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Saturday's Omaha Herald and Knight Ridder: About 40 exiled Iraqi lawyers and judges - some from Europe and the Persian Gulf - are converging on Washington this weekend for legal training that would allow them to take part in temporary courts in a postwar Iraq. Justice Department officials [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] From MSNBC Saturday: When the U.S. military reaches Baghdad and hostilities cease, it will become an occupying force, required to follow a system of international law and treaties, some of which could be applied for the first time in history.... The main body of rules comes from the Fourth [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] From Saturday's Guardian: A senior legal adviser to the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, has quit the Foreign Office because of a difference over the legal advice sanctioning the war against Iraq, it emerged last night. Elizabeth Wilmhurst, 54, deputy legal adviser, is understood to be unhappy with the government's [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has posted its Saturday field reports from Baghdad, Northern Iraq and Kuwait on casualties, refugees and POWs. Principal points: [Baghdad] Bombardments of Friday night were much heavier than previous nights. There are people and traffic in the streets of the capital. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST's limited Saturday service will be expanded today to allow continuing coverage of legal issues and information from the conflict in Iraq. [read more]

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