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Posted On: 29 April 2009 05:49 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Legal eagles to discuss global crisis

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Legal luminaries from across the world are to gather in Doha to discuss the ‘Global Commitment to the Rule of Law’ from May 29-31. ‘Legal G20’ has on the top of its agenda the legal steps needed to address the world economic crisis. The Forum, to be held under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will add weight to the call for a new global co-operation system, made jointly by Qatar, Singapore and Switzerland at the World Economic Forum in Davos in December. The Qatar Law Forum is expected to hear calls for increased transparency and legal co-operation in the policing of the financial sector, as well as to tackle emerging issues, such as the need for mediation as an alternative to litigation for dispute resolution, and the role of greater co-operation between common law traditions and other eastern civil-law inspired traditions. The participation of leading figures from the legal, business, policy making and academic worlds – with 13 chief justices among them – from over 86 countries is a sign of the importance being invested in the forum, according to The Rt Hon The Lord Woolf, co-convener and president of the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Courts. “A global commitment to the rule of law is of signal importance. The Qatar Law Forum will provide a unique platform for leaders in law from across the globe to demonstrate and develop that commitment. International co-operation, shared thought, and increased understanding of different legal traditions – these are all more important than ever to our future and to help us meet current challenges,” he said. Forum director Malik Dahlan pointed to the registration of the high-calibre and diverse group of participants as a sign of growing momentum. “Finding a solution to the current economic malaise will only be done through multi-disciplinary debates on the central legal issues, with a genuinely international input. To this end, there is recognition that the Qatar Law Forum provides a unique opportunity,” he said. More information can be had at