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Posted On: 28 April 2008 08:48 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Qatar and France to open Judge training school

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Qatar and France have announced the establishment of a school for training judges, and an exchange programme for judges. French Justice Minister Rachida Dati and Qatar’s Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Merri made the announcement on the sidelines of the second regional conference on justice, which began yesterday. “Initially, there will be an exchange of one judge between the two countries, and the number could be increased in the future,” al-Merri said, while highlighting the need for judges to broaden their exposure. The French minister said that both sides have agreed to establish an office in Doha to follow up the conference decisions and the commitments from both sides. “This move is a continuation of the political desire to create a legal space where both sides find its interest on it,” she stated. Dati said the participation of the Arab Justice Ministers in the conference is going to provide the momentum for further co-operation in crime-fighting. Al-Merri said that Latin law, lead by France, was the dominant legal system in the Arab world and France was also involved jurisdictionally since a long time. Answering a question from Gulf Times, the public prosecutor said that the difference in the social values between Qatar and France would not be a barrier for legal co-operation between the two countries. “For example, the Voltaire School in Doha is run on a secular basis, but the French partners have agreed with us to allow Hijab and provide separate classes for boys and girls,” he added.