The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.Read the full edition
On 15/02/2022, the Federal Supreme Court issued, based on case No. (59/Federal/2021) which is attached with the case (110/Federal/2019), a decision ruling that Oil & Gas Law of Kurdistan Region Government No. (22) of (2007) is unconstitutional for violating the provisions of the in force Iraqi constitution of 2005. The decision included obligating Kurdistan Region Government to hand over all oil production of oil fields in Kurdistan Region and other areas, from which the Ministry of Natural Resources in Kurdistan Region has extracted oil, to the Federal Government and enable to use its authority regarding oil exploration and extraction. The decision granted the right to the Federal Ministry of Oil to follow up the invalidity of the concluded oil contracts by Kurdistan Region Government with foreign parties, countries and companies regarding oil exploration, extraction, export, and sale. Finally, the decision obligated Kurdistan Region Government to enable the Federal Government (Ministry of Oil) and (Federal Board of Supreme Audit Editorial) to review all the concluded oil contracts with Kurdistan Region Government regarding oil & gas exportation and selling for the purpose of auditing and determining the financial rights owed by the Region Government.
The decision of the Federal Supreme Court, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the Federal Supreme Court Law No. (30) of (2005), is considered final and binding on all governmental bodies and authorities. The Federal Supreme Court constitutes one of the pillars of the independent judicial authority in the structure of the Iraqi state. It has specific powers stipulated in Article (4) of the Court Law including oversight on the constitutionality of the enforced laws and regulations.
According to the decision of the Federal Supreme Court above:
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