English translations of 3,000 Qatari laws will now be available online, under a new legal research service launched here yesterday.
Thomson Reuters, a leading international body providing intelligent information for businesses and professionals, yesterday announced the Qatar launch of its Westlaw Gulf research service. The event was supported by the Ministry of Justice.
Featuring an extensive database of 3,000 translated laws from Qatar and more than 8,000 commercially-relevant documents from around the Gulf, legal professionals in Qatar and those researching into Qatari law can now consult more sources and refer more materials, with greater accuracy and speed than ever before.
Westlaw Gulf is built upon the state-of-the-art Westlaw technology, and modelled after market-leading legal information services from Thomson Reuters in the UK, US, India, Asia and South America.
“The Ministry of Justice welcomes initiatives such as today’s announcement from Thomson Reuters,” said Ibrahim Musa Hitmi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Justice.
“Such initiatives are consistent with the aim of facilitating efficient online access to Qatar’s laws and legislations and in line with the country’s ambitious National Vision.”
“We are delighted to launch our leading legal research service in Qatar and are grateful for the support of the Ministry of Justice,” said Russell Haworth, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters.
“Westlaw Gulf provides a wealth of legal information relating to Qatar, expertly indexed and translated, as well as the latest news from across the Gulf, allowing lawyers to keep track of the latest legal developments and reducing valuable time spent on lengthy legal research.”
It features a Master Gazette Index which is set up for professionals to search through titles of a ll laws in English.
All translations are carried out by legal experts and overseen by the in-house expert legal translation team at Thomson Reuters, all of whom have experience in the local Qatar market and the wider Middle East.
English translations of the 3,000 Qatari laws include links to the original Arabic text, and are sourced from the official Gazette and cover commercial laws spanning from 1961 to 2013.
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