100 Orders

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The 100 Orders are "binding instructions or directives to the Iraqi people that create penal consequences or have a direct bearing on the way Iraqis are regulated, including changes to Iraqi law"[1] created in early 2004 by Paul Bremer under the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. The orders called for the de-Baathification of Iraq as well as extensive economic changes. Most of the economic changes are focused on transitioning the economy of Iraq from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, as outlined in the contract by BearingPoint:

"It should be clearly understood that the efforts undertaken will be designed to establish the basic legal framework for a functioning market economy; taking appropriate advantage of the unique opportunity for rapid progress in this area presented by the current configuration of political circumstances... Reforms are envisioned in the areas of fiscal reform, financial sector reform, trade, legal and regulatory, and privatization."[2]

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Without a doubt, the 100 Orders altered Iraq's existing laws.[citation needed] For this reason, the 100 Orders are also illegal by international law.[citation needed] The Hague Regulations of 1907, and the U.S. Army's Field Manual 27-10 ("The Law of Land Warfare") both limit the degree of transformation of an occupied country's laws.[3]


  1. ^ "CPA Official Documents". Cpa-iraq.org. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  2. ^ Foreign Policy in Focus / By Antonia Juhasz. "The Handover That Wasn't". Alternet.org. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  3. ^ John Pike (2005-04-27). "Laws of Land Warfare, 369. Local Law and New Legislation". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2010-02-25.