|Gulf Times - PM stresses rule of law
to face challenges
|By Ourouba Hussein
The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister has called for a new
governance system to redress the failures of the present world order in the light of the economic crisis.
“This should be on the basis of a set of principles, organisations and processes that help the world in
tackling the problems,” HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani explained in a keynote address at the
opening session of Qatar Law Forum yesterday.
The world is facing common economic, financial,
environmental technological and political challenges that required an examination of the organisational
frameworks of the dominant global system, he observed.
Speaking on ‘Redefining global governance,’ the
Prime Minister maintained that these challenges emerged from changes in the structural composition of the
international community, the emergence of new poles, as well as the diversity in current and future
needs.Confronting challenges could never be based on the logic of force, he urged while noting that the West
was not the sole player in the world.
Other active players, who have emerged from Asia, Africa and
Latin America, have led to the interdependence and expansion of the international social texture among
Stressing that the first victims of the financial crisis were the biggest economic powers,
Sheik Hamad emphasised the need for the adoption of a steady political will achievable through the power of
“Even in armed conflicts, the triumphant often undergo grave post-conflict damages,” he
Sheikh Hamad recalled that an initiative launched by Qatar, Swiss Federation and Singapore,
included an international research programme integrating all active parties, such as countries, non
governmental organisations and business sector, in order to incite the emergence of a vision regarding crucial
reforms and the amendments of rules and regulations.
The Prime Minister also noted that the
consolidation of the rule of law at the national level was not sufficient unless adopted at the international
level, as countries were not isolated from one another.
He stressed the need for the organisation of
the international relations, in terms of maintaining rights and imposing duties based on the rule of law.