Malik Dohan al-Hassan

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Malik Dohan al-Hassan
مالك دوهان الحسن
Council of Representatives of Iraq
Minister of Culture and Information
In office
Succeeded bySalah Omar Al-Ali
Minister of Justice
In office
June 2004 – May 2005
Preceded byHashim Abdul-Rahman al-Shibli
Succeeded byAbdel Hussein Shandal
Personal details
Born (1919-07-01) July 1, 1919 (age 101)
Qasim, Babylon, Ottoman Empire (now Iraq)
Alma materLLB - University of Baghdad in 1947
Diploma in Public and Private Law - Montpellier University in 1951
Doctorate in Law - University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1957

Dr Malik Dohan al-Hassan(Arabic: مالك دوهان الحسن‎) (born 1 July 1919), is an Iraqi politician who was the Minister of Justice in the Iraqi Interim Government from June 2004 to May 2005.

Early life[edit]

Dr al-Hassan was born in al-Hilla in 1919 to a shi'a Arab family. He graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1947. After graduation Dr Malik Dohan al-Hassan became an investigating judge in 1947.[1] He continued his studies in France where he received a Diploma in Public and Private Law from Montpellier University and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. He then became a Professor of Law at the University of Baghdad. He was elected President of the Al-Mustansiriya University in 1966.

Pre-Saddam government[edit]

He was twice elected to the Council of Representatives of Iraq under the monarchy. He was appointed the Minister of Culture and Information in 1967 by President Abdul Rahman Arif.[2] He was imprisoned under Saddam Hussein.[3]


In 2003 he was elected to head the Iraqi Bar Association. He was appointed to a task force looking at compensation for the victims of the Saddam Hussein government. In June 2004 he was appointed the Minister of Justice in the Iraqi Interim Government.[3] As Minister, he was targeted by a car bomb in July 2004 that killed six people, including his nephew.[4] Responsibility was claimed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.[5] He defended the use of the death penalty against former President Saddam Hussein, saying "...we have the right and even the obligation to use the tools that we see useful".[6]

In August 2004 he threatened to resign unless a judge who had indicted Ahmad Chalabi for murder and money laundering was removed.[7]

2005 Iraqi elections[edit]

He had initially called for the Iraqi legislative election of January 2005 to be postponed as they could "...trigger civil war".[8] He nonetheless took part with the National Democratic Coalition, who only received 9,747 votes. Even though he did not get elected, he remains a vocal figure in foreign media and is often asked for his opinion. In February 2007, he criticised the proposed Oil and Gas Law as being too vague.[9]


  1. ^ "Dr Malik Dohan al-Hassan Founding Partner, Baghdad". Al-Dohan & Associates Law Firm. 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Announcement Ceremony Press Packet" (PDF). Coalition Provisional Authority. June 30, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 24, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Main players in the new Iraqi government". The Independent. June 29, 2004. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Six die in blast targeted at Iraqi minister, The Independent, 2004-07-18
  5. ^ Iraqi justice minister escapes car bomb, China Daily, 2004-07-18
  6. ^ Saddam to be executed if convicted: Justice Minister, People's Daily, 2004-07-02
  7. ^ Juan Cole (August 11, 2004). "Iraq National Congress Office Closed". Informed Comment. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  8. ^ Iraqi Elections (I): The Imperatives of Elections on Schedule, MEMRI, 2004-12-15
  9. ^ Iraq Oil Technocrats: Time Not Suitable For Oil Law, Global Policy Forum, 2007-02-17
Political offices
Preceded by
Hashim Abdul-Rahman al-Shibli
Justice Minister of Iraq
June 2004 - May 2005
Succeeded by
Abdel Hussein Shandal