Abstract This study was conducted on black shale in Sargelu Formation (Mid-Jurassic) in three selected areas in Kurdistan Region, N and NE Iraq, namely Barsarin, Sargelu sections and Sheikhan-4 well. Samples of black shale were collected from the above locations (23 from Barsarin, 26 from Sargelu and 15 from Sheikhan-4) and were analyzed using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) at Oldenburg University, Germany. The geochemical analyses showed that black shale is distributed in these three locations in different intensities. Black shale in this study is mainly composed of silicates, clay minerals, carbonates and organic matter. For this reason here black shale is defined as dark-grey and black coloured, laminated, organiccarbon rich calcareous sediment with TOC 0.4 wt%. Ternary diagrams showed intensive weathering in the study area with the presence of biogenic silica which was evident in Barsarin section. The following elements Si,Ti, Al, Fe, Mn, Mg, K, As, Ce, Co, Cr, Cu, Rb and Th showed their association with terrigneous fraction, Ca, Mg, Mn, Sr with carbonates, Ba, Sr, U, Y with organic matter, As, Mo, Ni, Sr, U, Ce, P, Th, Yand Zn, with apatite and Co, Cr, Cu, Mo, V, Ni, Sr, U, Y, Pb, Y, Zn with sulfide phases. Element/Al ratios of some redox-sensitive elements such as As, Co, Cr, Cu, Mo, Pb, U, V and Zn showed the following order of enrichment Barsarin> Sargelu> Sheikhan-4. Factor analysis showed that there are six factors which have influenced the black shale geochemistry. The first two factors (terrigneous 28.39%) and (redox-sensitive elements 20.47%) of the total variance 84.135% were the most effective. The depositional environment of black shale in the study area was deduced using elemental indicators like Ni/Co, V/Cr, V/(V+Ni) and Th/U, which denoted oxic-dysoxic to suboxic-anoxic in moving from Sheikhan-4, to Sargelu and to Barsarin. Also, the study has concluded that the type of black shale is marine depending on the deep seated and reduced environment of Sargelu Formation. In addition, the study showed that the basin of deposition of black shale was the deepest in Barsarin section, less deep in Sargelu section and lastly shallowest in Sheikhan-4 drill site. This study showed that there were periods of sea level changes which were greater in Sheikhan-4 followed by Sargelu and lastly Barsarin. Black shales are metalliferous in Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sr, V and Zn in Barsarin, in Cr, Cu, Sr, Th and Zn in Sargelu and in Cr, Sr, Th and Zr in Sheikhan-4.