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Gulf Times/ Top experts gather for Qatar Law Forum
By Noimot Olayiwola
Staff reporter

The first Qatar Law Forum began at the Ritz-Carlton yesterday with legal experts from around 35 countries participating.
The three-day forum, which has the theme, “A global commitment to the rule of law”, is an initiative of the Qatar Financial Centre.
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.
Addressing a 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.
The co-convenors 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.

under the patronage of H.H. the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani , H.E. Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al-Thani inaugurated the Forum works

PM to open Qatar Law Forum today 30- 5-2009


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