The world court lawsuits by the republic of Iraq against the United States and the United Kingdom

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The article explores the author’s experience of crafting legal actions meant to bring a case against the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom for the genocidal conditions that arose from their actions against the people of Iraq from 1991 to 2003. Based on a similar effort, successfully brought to the International Court of Justice on behalf of the people and Republic of Bosnia in 1993, the strong potential for a legal and peaceful remedy to bring an end to Iraqi civilian suffering – as well as the potential to avert a future war – existed and drove the author to implore Iraqi legal action before the ICJ. Iraqi state officials, from the President’s Office to that of Deputy PM Tariq Aziz, through Iraqi diplomats in New York, were canvassed and engaged in an effort for the author to receive their support to act on Iraq’s behalf at the ICJ. Published here is the author’s recollection of this effort to prosecute international crimes against the Iraqi people as well as an overview of the ICJ case that while never brought forward, could have prevented the 2003 invasion and its aftermath.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • 2003 Iraq war
  • Genocide
  • International court of justice
  • Iraq sanctions
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Tariq Aziz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Social Sciences


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