Iraqi academics begin second training course on federalism

Jeroen Vergeylen (second from right), Belgian chargé d’affaires to Iraq, explains his country’s federal structure and evolution to 22 Iraqi academics during a course in federalism offered by the Forum in Jordan in August.

The Forum of Federations recently conducted a second federalism training course for 22 Iraqi professors of law and political science in Amman, Jordan. The two-week course, which was held from August 6 to 19, 2007, is part of a two-year $2 million project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It is the second of three courses to be offered in the program.

The course also included guest presentations by international organizations. Representatives from the United Nations Development Program explained Iraq’s water management program, and constitutional experts from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) explained the improvements proposed by Iraq’s Constitutional Review Committee, to be tabled to the Iraqi parliament in September.

The program was developed and delivered by a four-person team led by David Cameron, of the University of Toronto, together with his colleagues Violeta Ruiz Almendral of Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain; Richard Simeon of the University of Toronto, Canada, and Marie-Joelle Zahar of l’Université de Montréal, Canada.

For more information on the course and the Forum’s Iraq project, contact Marc Lemieux.

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