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Unpublished Paper
Jus Post Bellum in Iraq: the Development of Emerging Norms for Economic Reform in Post Conflict Countries
(Currently Under Review) (2012)
  • Christina C Benson, JD, MBA, Elon University
Finally emerging from decades of conflict and isolation, Iraq has endured three devastating wars, the demise of the Saddam Hussein regime, the end of international economic sanctions, and the protracted process of approving a constitution and forming a new democratically elected government. The nation’s emergence from war, and efforts to build the foundations of stable governance and economic growth, provides a fascinating case study for analyzing new international norms promoting the “rule of law” in post-conflict countries. This paper directly addresses arguments that early legal and economic reforms implemented by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Iraqi Interim Government in Iraq during 2003-2005 may have violated the principle of “conservation” in international humanitarian law. The paper further examines whether a new doctrine of "jus post bellum" is emerging, and the extent to which the United Nations and international economic organizations are permitted to support economic reforms as part of a larger effort to engage in peace building and establish a "rule of law" in post-conflict countries.
  • jus post bellum,
  • iraq,
  • economic reform,
  • coalition provisional authority,
  • rule of law,
  • security council,
  • world trade organization,
  • humanitarian law,
  • geneva coventions,
  • hague regulations
Publication Date
April, 2012
I would like to thank the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Invited Scholars Colloquium and the Editorial Board of the American Business Law Journal for providing an opportunity for me to share my research and receive valuable feedback on this paper at the 2011 annual conference.
Citation Information
Christina C. Benson JD, MBA. "Jus Post Bellum in Iraq: the Development of Emerging Norms for Economic Reform in Post Conflict Countries" (Currently Under Review - Not for Citation) (April 2012). Available at: