|The Peninsula / Laws under review:
| 5/31/2009 2:10:6
Source ::: THE PENINSULA
DOHA: Qatar is reviewing its
existing legislations to ensure they conform to the Constitution and play their role effectively in helping
achieve the goals of modernisation and sustainable development.
The country hopes to draw
heavily from the deliberations of the international legal event ‘Qatar Law Forum’ to bolster the process of
legislative revision as some of the most celebrated legal experts from across the world are participating in
Addressing them yesterday, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad
bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani said: “We have embarked on a process of ongoing review of present legislations on
the basis of the Constitution in order to modernise and harmonise it with the requirements of sustainable
development and progress to the level of advancement that we seek for our country in various spheres of life.”
“We do not rule out the possibility of the need to redress the drawbacks in the legislation
which have risen as a result of developments in the legal field (over the years).” The Premier, who formally
opened the forum, set the tone for the deliberations to focus on this key objective, as also on mulling ways to
ensure how the rule of law is established at the international level.
Panelists at a key
discussion on ‘Internationals Organizations and the Economic Crisis’ that followed the opening, took note of
the challenges he talked about and how to address them.
Sheikh Hamad stressed the need to
organise international relations in a way that upheld rights and imposed duties on the basis of the rule of
It is no secret, he said, that the United Nations had been considering this issue for
years as an item on the agenda of the General Assembly through its Sixth Legal Committee.
The rule of law at the international level has, in fact, been a goal that even predates the formation of
the UN. But just like the rule of law at the national level, the pursuit to realise it should be persistent. In
this endeavor, the Premier called for efforts to be focused on common accepted values on the basis of the
commitments stipulated in the UN Charter and the international law, and said they should be respected as two
indispensable pillars for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
“It is, therefore,
illogical to call for the establishment of these goals at the national level and bypass them at the
international level,” the Prime Minister stressed.