American Bar Association forms postconflict Iraq team

The American Bar Association May 1 said it anticipates it will soon send a postconflict team to Iraq to make an independent legal assessment of what needs to be done to attract investment and protect civil liberties."We want to make a difference in Iraq," said Alfred Carlton, ABA president.A binding rule of law must be established before investors will consider any kind of investment, ABA officials and oil analysts said.US officials earlier said they hope to have an Iraqi-led interim government in place by mid-May. But whether those individuals will have the legal standing to negotiate oil contracts is still a matter of debate. The US has asked the United Nations to remove existing sancti...

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