As Iraq contemplates its post-ISIS future, the state of, and popular trust in, its institutions will contribute to shaping its recovery.
The challenge is dire. The country is gearing up for contentious elections next year. Thousands of suspected ISIS fighters languish in jails, awaiting an uncertain fate. In 2015, Transparency International ranked Iraq 161st out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perceptions Index. High-profile corruption cases have been launched. There will be legal and constitutional challenges to the Kurdistan referendum.
Iraq's judiciary will be essential to prosecute extremists and avoid vengeance; to weed out corruption, reform state institutions and promote trust in elections; to foster national reconciliation and promote equal rights; and to uphold Iraq's international commitments and attract much-needed foreign investment.
To discuss the role of the judiciary in building Iraq's future, the IISS hosted His Excellency Faiq Zaidan, recently appointed as Iraq's Chief Justice and head of its Supreme Judicial Council.
HE Faiq Zaidan is Iraq's Chief Justice and head of its Supreme Judicial Council. Prior to his recent appointment, he served as Head of the Federal Court of Cassation from June 2016 and held various positions at the same court from 2012. He has worked in the Iraqi legal system since 1999.
This event was chaired by Dr Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science. It took place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.
Dr Toby Dodge has been researching the politics of Iraq and the wider Middle East for the past 15 years. In addition to his work at the IISS, he is Professor International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.