|Peninsula / Qatar Law Forum ends
Source ::: The PENINSULA / .By Joyce C. Abaٌo
two-day Qatar Law Forum ended yesterday with participants hoping it becomes a regular annual event.
Never before have legal luminaries, among them judges and chief justices from major countries
around the world, converged on a single platform, participants said.
Earlier in the day,
panel discussions focused on a number key issues, among them, the need to rope in more women in the legal
profession, especially in the GCC region.
Qatari women should be encouraged to join the
legal profession, Dr. Lulwa Al Missned, acting secretary-general, Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting
She said a majority of the Qatari women who studied law preferred being on the
research side rather than concentrate on the legal practice, so it was advisable to encourage them to focus on
She was speaking at a discussion entitled ‘Law and Women’ held in honour of the
Arab Women’s Legal Network (AWLN), a non-profit and non-governmental regional entity that aims to facilitate
the advancement of Arab women working in the legal profession.
AWLM provides a forum for
the exchange of expertise, the provision of specialised training and professional development programmes, and
the publication of materials aimed at strengthening Arab women in the legal profession.
Justice Ihssan Barakat, chief of the Court of First Instance, vice president of AWLN-Jordan, said there
was a pressing need to build the capabilities of women and make them reach their full potential in the legal
profession. She said the utilization of professional and academic capabilities by women in the legal profession
is crucial in building a society that is educated in rights and duties.
They must transform
this awareness to a knowledge that can be applied in reality, respecting the rule of law through which the
principles of equality and justice can be applied in building and developing society. THE PENINSULA