NAAG Signs Training Agreement with Iraq Jurists Union

NAAG President and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning was present in Baghdad, Iraq June 3 to sign on behalf of NAAG a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NAAG and Iraq Jurists Union (IJU). The IJU is an organization that represents Iraqi government attorneys, including judges, prosecutors and attorney general equivalents. The goals of the MOU include the provision by NAAG of training and technical assistance to the IJU, as well as the exchange of personnel and ideas. General Bruning traveled to Baghdad with assistance from the U.S. State Department.

“As the people of Iraq struggle to rebuild their legal system, it’s our justice system they have chosen as a model,” Bruning said. “By helping institute the rule of law, we help the people of Iraq settle disputes in the courtroom with judges instead of in the streets with violence.”

Prospective training will become part of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) international program. Last year, NAGTRI trained 26 Mexican prosecutors as Mexico’s judicial system transitions from written proceedings to an oral adversarial system.

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NAAG President Jon Bruning in Iraq.