|Gulf Times/ Top experts gather for
Qatar Law Forum
|By Noimot Olayiwola
The first Qatar Law Forum
began at the Ritz-Carlton yesterday with legal experts from around 35 countries participating.
three-day forum, which has the theme, “A global commitment to the rule of law”, is an initiative of the Qatar
International Court of Justice president judge Hisashi Owada and European Court of
Human Rights president Justice Jean-Paul Costa are among the senior delegates attending.
press briefing yesterday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Assistant Minister HE Mohamed Abdullah al-Rumaihi,
Quraysh Institution of Law and Studies chairman Malik Dahlan and Harvard Law School International and Graduate
Programmes vice dean Prof Willam Alford said the forum would provide a platform to deal with financial crisis
presently ravaging the world.
According to them, part of the goals of the forum, being held under the
sponsorship of the HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, are to encourage dialogue on global commitment to the rule of law
and other legal issues.
They said hosting the forum in the Middle East would ensure issues were
addressed both at a global level and within an Islamic context.
Professor Alford said the forum would
examine issues on how to respond to challenges of globalisation from the legal perspective. It would also
explore meaning of global development as well as law reforms in the Arab world.
HE the Prime Minister
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim delivers the keynote address at the forum today 30-5-2009.
are Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court president Lord Woolf (the former Lord Chief Justice of
England and Wales) and QFC Regulatory Tribunal chairman Sir William Blair.