Agenda of

QATAR LAW FORUM
The Rule of Law in a Time of Change


4th – 6th May, 2012

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
Doha, Qatar

 

FRIDAY, 4th May, 2012

Timings

                                 Session Details

 

International guests arrive during the day

On arrival

14.00-22.00

Registration

16 : 30 – 18 : 00

Fatah Al-Khair

 

Junior lawyers session:

“The rule of law and the future”

Facilitators:

-          Mizan Abdulrouf

-          Toby Brown

-          Yang Zhao

19 : 30 – 21 : 00

Al-Wasail  Foyer

Reception at hotel to welcome arriving international guests.

Saturday, 5th May, 2012

Timings

                                 Session Details

07 : 00

Late registrations

09 : 15 – 09 : 30

Al-Wasail  Hall

Welcome from the Convenors

-          Lord Woolf

-          Sir Willaim Blair

-          Michael Thomas QC

09 : 30 – 11 : 00

Al-Wasail  Hall

PLENARY SESSION 1

 

Panel: Anti-corruption – the rule of law and economic, political and social development

 

Chairman:

-          Baroness Scotland, former Attorney General of England and Wales

Panel:

-          Ambassador Philip Lader

-          Dr Andras Varga Zs, The Deputy Prosecutor General of Hungary

-          Hassane Cisse, Deputy General Counsel, World Bank

-          Judge Esau Elliott Chulu, Commissioner, Electoral Commission of Zambia

-          Dr. P.S. Roa, Special Advisor to the Attorney General of Qatar

-          Dr. Adel Omer Sherif, The Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt

11 : 00 – 11 : 30

Coffee Break

 

Timings

                                 Session Details

11 : 30 – 13 : 30

Al-Wasail Hall

 

PLENARY SESSION 2

Panel: The Rule of Law and Change in the Arab World

Chairman

-          Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Introduction with

Discussion Paper: “Comparing Constitutions”

-          Justice Hassan Al Sayed, Justice of the QFC Civil and Commercial Court; former Dean of the University of Qatar Law School

Panel:

-          Hasim Kilic, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

-          Kalthoum Kennou, The Head of the Association of Tunisian Judges

-          Jordan Ryan, Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, United Nations

-          Abdulhafeez Ghoga, Former Vice President of Libya

-          Mohamed Moharam, President of the Supreme Court of Egypt

-          Judge Abdullah Bin Hussan Al Buainain, President of the Legislation Committee of Bahrain

-          Sir Jeffrey Jowell, Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

13 : 00 – 14 : 30

Al-Wasail  Foyer

Light standing Buffet Lunch with informal conversation

14 : 30 – 15 : 30

Al-Wasail Hall  (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Mukhtasar (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Mukhtasar (2)

 

 

 

 

sPECIALIST discussions 1

 A. 2012 Olympics – 2022 World Cup: law, delivery and development

Chairman:

-          Lord Falconer QC,Gibson & Dunn, former Lord Chancellor of England & Wales

Panel:

-          Michael Beloff QC

-          Omar Ungaro, Head of Players Status and Governance, FIFA

-          Dr ElMotasem B. El-Gheriani, Senior Counsel, Qatar Foundation

B. Equal access to the law

Chairman:

-          Michael Napier CBE, QC, Pro Bono Envoy to the Attorney General of England and Wales

Panel:

-          Edwin Rekosh, Executive Director, PILnet, US and Europe

-          Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO, LawWorks

-          Ms Rafeef Mujahed, Arab Women’s Legal Network, West Bank

-          Abdullah Luqman, Managing Partner, Luqman Legal Advocates, Yemen

-          Khadija Ali, Alfridi & Angell

C. Judicial training

Chairman:

-          Lady Justice Hallett, Chairman of the Judicial College of England and Wales

Panel:

-          Sir Denis Byron, President, Caribbean Court of Justice

-          Hon Sandra Oxner, Chair, Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute

-          Professor Martin Partington CBE

-          Prof. Greg Reinhart, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration 

 

Timings

                                 Session Details

14 : 30 – 15 : 30

 

Fatah Al-Khair

 

D. Resolving disputes over Islamic finance

Chairman:

-          Dr Nazim Ali, Director, Islamic Finance Project, Harvard School of Law

Panel:

-          Mohammad Nazir Mian, Head of Legal, Dubai Islamic Bank

-          Professor Dr Muhamed Zia Ul Haq, Professor of Shariah Law, International Islamic University, Pakistan

-          Ms Lee Mei Foo, General Counsel, Malaysia Securities Commission

15 : 30 – 16 : 00

Coffee Break

16 : 00 – 17 : 30

Al-Wasail Hall

 

PLENARY SESSION 3

Panel: The role of ethics and law in finance

 

Honorary Chairman:

-          HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani,  The Governor of the Central Bank of Qatar

Chairman:

-          Sir William Blair

Panel:

-          Thomas C. Baxter Jr., General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

-          Shaikh Dr. Mohammed Ali Elgari, Adviser to Islamic financial institutions, Shariah board of the Dow Jones Islamic Index

-          Harish Salve, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, Solicitor General of India 1999-2002

-          Professor Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

 

 

 Discussion Paper:

-          Sir William Blair

-          Professor David Kershaw, London School of Economics

-          Dr Daniel Awrey, University of Oxford

19 : 30

Visit to Katara, with dining

Sunday, 6th May, 2012

Timings

                                 Session Details

10 : 00-11 : 40

Al-Wasail Hall

 

Opening Keynote Speech 1

HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Plenary Session 4

 

The Chief Justices Panel: Achieving global understanding of the Rule of Law

Honorary Chairman:

-          HE Masood Bin Mohammad Al-Ameri The Chief Justice of Qatar (the President of the Supreme Judicial Council)

Chairman:

-          The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge

Panel:

-          Abdul Salam Mohammad Ghows Azim, The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan

-          Sam Rugege, the Chief Justice of Rwanda

-          Mohamed Muzzammel Hossain, the Chief Justice of Bangladesh

-          Ahmed Faiz Hussain, the Chief Justice of the Maldives

-          Ramiz Rzayev, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan

Also attending:

-          Senior Justice Wang Yun of the Supreme People’s Court of P.R. China

-          The Chief Justices of Queensland (Hon Paul de Jersey); Mongolia (Zorig Tsagmed); Azad Jammu and Kashmor (Mohammad Azam Khan and Ghulam Mustafa); and Dubai IFC (Michael Hwang)

11 : 40 – 12 : 00

Coffee Break

 

Timings

                                 Session Details

12 : 00 – 13 : 15

Al-Wasail Hall

 

Plenary Session 5

The role of International Courts in advancing the rule of law

Chairman:

-          Malik Dahlan, Principal, Institution Quraysh

PaneL:

-          Abdulqawi Yusuf, Judge of the International Court of Justice

-          Akira Kawamura , the President of the International Bar Association,

-          Lord Mance, Chair of the Executive Council of the International Law Association

-          Hrair A Bailan, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Carter Center

-          Ambassador Mohamed Ben Khadra, Legal Adviser to the Secretary General of the League of Arab States

Closing remarks:

-          Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor,  International Criminal Court

13 : 15 – 14 : 15

Al-Wasail  Foyer

Light standing Buffet Lunch With informal conversation

14 : 15 – 14 : 30

Al-Wasail Hall  (4)

Keynote Speech 2

His Excellency, Yousef Hussain Kamal, Minister of Economy and Finance, Qatar

 

14 : 30 – 15 : 30

 

Al-Wasail Hall  (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Mukhtasar (1)

 

 

 

 

 

sPECIALIST discussions 2

 

A. Legal professionalism

Chairman:

-          Justice Randy Holland, former President of the American Inns of Court

Panel:

-          The Presidents or Chairpersons of the Bars and Law Societies of England and Wales (Michael Todd QC; Lucy Scott-Moncrief, Vice President), Hong Kong (Kumar Ramanathan; Kwan Yiu Junius Ho), Mauritius (Dhaneswar Pursem), Mongolia (Professor Purevnyam Banzrageh – in attendance), Philippines (Roan Ibay Libarios), and Russian Federation ( Sergey Borodin, Vice President)

-          Omar Zein, Secretary General of the Arab Lawyers Union,

-          Mrs Boma Ozobia, President, Commonwealth Lawyers Association,

B. Global enforcement of legal awards

Chairman:

-          Lord Justice Rix, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

Panel:

-          Mrs Namjil Dolgorsuren, Head of Division of Foreign Affairs, Supreme Court of Mongolia

-          Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Ghulam Mustafa

-          Sultan Al Abdallah, Qatar

 

Timings

                                 Session Details

14 : 30 – 15 : 30

 

Al-Mukhtasar (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatah Al-Khair

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. New approaches to arbitration and mediation

Chairman:

-          Judge Dr Ehab Elsonbaty, Secretary General for the Egyptian Association for ADR, Legal Expert at Amiri Diwan Qatar

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Panel:  

-          The Director, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Sami Houerbi

-          Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Middle East

-          Dr Minas Khatchadourian, CEO and Secretary General, Qatar International Centre of Arbitration

-          Ms Wang Wenying, Director, CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission)

-          Graham Massie, Director, CEDR

-          Dr Georges Affaki, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Structured Finance, CIB Legal, BNP Paribas, France

D. Adjudication in regulatory disputes

Chairman:

-          Professor Francois Gianviti, QFC Regulatory Tribunal

Panel:

-          Chee Wee Lim, The President of the Malaysian Bar Association

-          Michael Thomas QC, Chairman of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, Qatar

-          Ms Arwa Hamdieh, Co-founder, Financial Services Association, UAE

15 : 3016 : 00

Coffee Break

16 : 00 – 17:15

 

Al-Wasail Hall

Plenary Session 6

 

Freedom of communication and expression in times of change

 

Chairman:

-          Patrick Forbes, Adviser to the Election Committee, Libya

Panel:

-          HE Habidullah Ghalib, the Minister of Justice of Afghanistan

-          Joshua Rozenberg, Author and Independent Journalist

-          Jalal El-Gallal, former civilian spokesman, National Transitional Council, Libya

-          Nizar Saghieh, Lawyer and Researcher, Executive Director of Legal Agenda, Lebanon

-          Ibrahim Helal, Director of News, Al Jazeera Network

-          Dr Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO, Northwestern University, Qatar

17 : 15 – 17 : 40

 

Al-Wasail Hall

Closing remarks

 

-          H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Jabr Al Thani, Minister's Assistant For International Cooperation Affairs, Qatar

-          Lord Woolf, Sir Willaim Blair, Michael Thomas QC, Convenors

-          Robin Knowles CBE, QC, Chairman, International Organising Committee