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Libya: Establishment of Commission to Revise Legislation That Might Contradict Islamic Law

(Apr. 4, 2014) In January 2014, the Minister of Justice of Libya issued Decree No. 1958-2013 to establish a commission comprised of legal and religious scholars to ensure the adherence of Libyan legislation to Islamic law. (Ministerial Resolution No. 1958-2013 [in Arabic] (Jan. 1, 2014), Ministry of Justice website.)

On March 27, 2014, the commission held its first meeting. The meeting was led by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. The members of the commission announced that one of its main goals is to create a mechanism to implement the criminal sanctions of Islamic law set forth in the Penal Code. The Minister of Justice also assigned the commission the task of proposing amendments to legislation that might be in violation of Islamic law. By adopting such amendments, all Libyan laws will comply with Islamic law principles. (The Commission to Revise Legislation Held Its First Meeting [in Arabic], AL ADEL NEWS (Mar. 27, 2014) Ministry of Justice website.)