ATTORNEY-General, Robert McClelland, has met with the Honourable Madhat Al-Mahmood, Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq and Chief of the Higher Juridical Council of Iraq.
“The meeting underlined Australia’s commitment to a secure, prosperous and democratic Iraq and demonstrated our desire to help improve administration and governance in Iraq,” McClelland said.
The Attorney and the Chief Justice discussed aspects of the Australian judicial system and Iraq’s progress in strengthening democracy and governance.
“This is an important step in strengthening relations between the Australian Government and the Iraqi judiciary.”
The Chief Justice is in Australia to attend the Fourth International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary.
The visit is being supported by AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
and follows previous Australian Government support for law and order in Iraq, including the secondment of five Australian lawyers to the ‘Law and Order Taskforce’ in Iraq; and the joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Institute of Police Management program to train 244 Iraqi police in forensic investigation and leadership.
The Attorney hopes the meeting will be the start of further opportunities to exchange knowledge between the Australian and Iraqi judicial systems to build on the six Memoranda of Understanding agreed between Australia and Iraq in March this year.