The following list identifies personal status laws and related materials in a number of Arab countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, and Tunisia, as well as the personal status law applicable in those territories that are governed by the Palestinian Authority. Many of these laws are primarily based on Islamic law.
Note that this list does not include family laws addressing the marital relationships of members of religious and ethic minorities in the countries surveyed. All sources are in Arabic unless otherwise noted.
- Law 11-984, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 9 June 1984, vol. 24, http://www.droit.mjustice.dz/ code_famille.pdf (in French and Arabic).
- Law 2 -2005 , Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 27 Feb. 2005, vol. 15, available at http://www.joradp.dz/TRV/AFam.pdf.
- Law 100-1985 amending Law 25-1920 and Law 25-1929, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 3 July 1985, vol. 27, available at http://www.mohamoon.com/montada/Default.aspx?action=ArabicLaw&ID=11.
- Law 91-2000 amending Law 1-2000, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 18 May 2000, vol. 20, http://www.mohamoon.com/montada/Default.aspx?action=ArabicLaw&ID=197, and http://www.mohamoon.com/montada/Default.aspx?action=ArabicLaw&ID=273.
- Law 4-2005 on Child Custody, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 7 Mar. 2005, Vol. 9 (Duplicate), available at http://www.mohamoon.com/montada/Default.aspx?action=ArabicLaw&ID=418.
- Law 188-1959, Al Waqa’a Al Iraqiah of Dec. 30, 1959, vol. 280, available at http://www.refworld.org
- Law 36 of 2010, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, Vol. 5061, 17 October 2010, available at http://www.farrajlawyer.com/viewTopic.php?topicId=153 .
- Law 61 of 1976 was abolished
- Law 51-1984, 23 July 1984, available at The Legal Network for Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council,
- Law 61-1996 amending Law 51 of 1984, Al Kuwait al Youm , 29 Sept. 1996, vol. 276.
- Law 29-2004, Al Kuwait al Youm, 2 May 2004, vol. 664.
- Law 66-2007, Al Kuwait al Youm, 6 Jan. 2008, vol. 852.
- The above three laws are posted together on the Ministry of Justice website at http://www.e.gov.kw/Documents/Arabic/Forms/MOJ/قانون الأحوال الشخصية.pdf
There is no unified family law in Lebanon but rather multiple laws on the subject. Each religious sect has its own family laws and courts. The following unofficial sources provide an overview of all family laws in Lebanon:
- Maher Mhamassani & Ibtisssam Messarra, Statut Personnel (Faculte’ de Droit et Sciences Economiques, Beyrouth, Lebanon, 1970) (in French).
- Youssef Nahra, Personal Status Law (1st ed. 1986) (in English).
- Ottoman Family Law, available at the website of the Ministry of Justice for the Palestinian Authority, http://www.moj.pna.ps/index.php?page=section&pid=238§ion_parent=17&catid=1.
- Decree 1.04.22 executing Law 70.03, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 3 Feb. 2004, vol. 5184, http://adala.justice.gov.ma/production/legislation/ar/Nouveautes/مدونة%20الأسرة.pdf.
- Law 22 of 2006, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 28 Aug. 2006, vol. 8, available at
- Decree 59-1953, Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiyya, 17 Sept. 1953, vol. 62, available at http://www.syrianbar.org/index.php?news=167.
- Law 18-2003, available at http://www.syrianbar.org/index.php?news=875.
- Order of 13 August 1956, AL Raa’d al Rasmi vol. 66, available at http://www.e-justice.tn/fileadmin/fichiers_site_arabe/
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