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IU Law School To Welcome UN Iraqi Representative

Iraq’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations is coming to Indiana University this fall to teach constitutional law. Feisal Amin Istrabadi, an IU alumnus, was the principal force behind the writing of Iraq’s interim constitution. IU School of Law Dean Lauren Robel says Istrabadi is at a point where he wants the opportunity to reflect on his experiences.

Istrabadi’s family emigrated to the United States following Iraq’s 1958 military coup. He spent much of his childhood in Bloomington, and received both his undergraduate and law degrees at IU. Istrabadi had been practicing law in Valparaiso, Indiana when in 2002 he joined the State Department-sponsored Future of Iraq project to gather experts and Iraqi expatriates to assist in planning for post-war Iraq. The project’s reports were ultimately disregarded by the Defense Department.

Robell says Istrabadi has first hand knowledge of the impact constitutional law can have on society, particularly when it is poorly designed or ill-applied.

Robel says she and Istrabadi have not yet discussed what his relationship with the university will be following the 2007-2008 academic year. Officially, Istrabadi has taken a one year leave of absence from Iraq’s mission to the UN.

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