DePaul receives $4.7 million from the U.S. State Department for work in Iraq

The U.S. Department of State awarded a $4.7 million grant to the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) at DePaul University for its continuing work in Iraq.

2005 election poster in Kurdistan

The award, which is the largest single government grant ever given to the College of Law, will support legal education and human and women’s rights initiatives in Iraq.

“We are pleased to receive this substantial grant to help us continue and expand on programs we’ve already established in Iraq,” says Charles E. Tucker Jr., executive director of IHRLI. “These programs are designed to advance post-conflict rebuilding efforts and fulfill our commitment to help foster a more stable environment in Iraq.”

The grant will be used to help IHRLI move forward with its work to expand educational reform activities to additional Iraqi law schools, improve women’s participation in the Iraqi political process, expand training for nongovernment organizations and foster dialogue, consensus-building and reconciliation after the Iraqi national elections.

IHRLI has worked on human rights and rule of law projects in Iraq since 2004. For the past five years, IHRLI’s work in Iraq has been run by Daniel Rothenberg, managing director of international projects, Kurdistan Daloye, chief of party, and a team of over 50 international and local staff working throughout the country.

“Our long-term goal is to help support Iraq’s democratic transition by institutionalizing political processes that peacefully resolve disputes, strengthen rule-of-law skills and resources, and develop the capacity of civil society organizations, especially those focusing on women’s issues and human rights,” says Tucker.

IHRLI was established by the College of Law in 1990 and designs and implements innovative international programs on capacity building, education, human rights documentation and analysis, post-conflict reconciliation, and gender justice.

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