The three-day Qatar Law Forum is to commence in Doha on May 29, 2009 under the slogan, ‘A Global Commitment to the Rule of Law.’
The Forum, to be organised by the Standing Committee of the Conferences’ Organisation at the Foreign Ministry, will be attended by leading figures in law from all over the world, including the president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the president of the European Court of Human Rights and chief justices from several countries.
An announcement in this regard was made during the Forum gala dinner held on Sunday night at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was attended by the Minister of Justice, H E Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim; the Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow-up Affairs, H E Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, who is also chairman of the aforesaid Standing Committee and the Qatari Bar Association; Lord Woolf of Barnes, the President of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Civil and Commercial Court; and Sir William Blair, the chairman of the QFC regulatory tribunal.
Lawyer Rabea Dahlan, head of Qatar Law Forum, told reporters yesterday that the forum will be the first in the region to bring together internationally known figures from the world of law to Doha to discuss the global commitment to the rule of law in a direct and unique dialogue.
He explained that the forum will discuss the management of judicial issues and the latest means of settling disputes, in addition to legal education in a changing world with a focus on the role of law in face of the current financial challenges in the world.
Rabeia stressed that the forum will allow discussion of such issues in an Islamic context and said Qatar Law Forum has a vision synonymous with the Davos forum, especially since the figures invited to it are regarded as leaders in the field of law.
In a speech on the occasion, the Minister of Justice stressed the importance of the establishment of Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court under the presidency of Lord Woolf of Barnes, who was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The minister said the court is competent to look into disputes that may arise from the application of the provisions of the QFC Law.
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