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Policy Challenges For Property Restitution In Transition – The Example Of Iraq

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In authoritarian regime contexts, land and property rights will often become political commodities that are instrumentalised for maintaining or expanding political power. The chapter looks at post-Baath Party Iraq where a significant attempt is being made to address a long legacy of forced displacement and the forcible acquisition of land and property by the former regime and touch upon some of the key issues that policy makers are likely to face when they try to address land and property rights issues in transitional contexts. While neither the nature of the Commission for the Resolution of Real Property Disputes (CRRPD) process nor, obviously, the continued violence and strife in post- Baath Party Iraq has helped to speed-up the claims process, it is doubtful whether, given the complexities involved, this basic problem could have been resolved simply through designing a better formal legal process.

Keywords: CRRPD; political power; post-Baath Party Iraq; property rights



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