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Event Notice: Bellarmine University Speaker Active in Iraq Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy

Feb 23, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2010) -- Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi enjoyed a successful career as an attorney in the United States before turning his focus to the reconstruction of Iraq. Ambassador Istrabadi, currently a visiting law professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, was the principal legal drafter of Iraq's interim constitution and principal author of its Bill of Fundamental Rights. He will visit Bellarmine University Thursday, March 11, to discuss his research on government transitions from dictatorship to democracy. The lecture begins at 11 a.m. in Frazier Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

About Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi

He served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, New York, from 2004-2007. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Ambassador Istrabadi served as a legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 of June 8, 2004, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. He was also principal legal drafter of Iraq's interim constitution, the Law of Administration of the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period, and principal author of its Bill of Fundamental Rights. Before contributing to the reconstruction of Iraq, Mr. Istrabadi was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States from 1988-2004, with approximately 70 civil trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts. He also served a Senior Legal Fellow for Legal Reform and Development in the Arab World at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University's College of Law in Chicago.

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