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Legal luminaries meet at Doha forum
2012-05-04

The second Qatar Legal Forum, scheduled to open today, will bring together at least a dozen serving Chief Justices, Ministers of Justice, and hundreds of judges, academics, legal practitioners, central bankers and regulators from more than 60 countries. Talking to the media, Lord Woolf, Co-convener and President of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), said here yesterday the three-day Qatar Law Forum 2012 is a very special event because of the vast experience of the speakers and attendees, who are at the very peak of their professions. "Our goal is to help achieve a deeper global understanding and commitment to the rule of law which can only come through dialogue, mutual respect and face-to-face interaction and this is what the Forum facilitates.….Qatar is looking to this conference as an opportunity to learn how other countries are resolving disputes in key sectors, including in the finance", Lord Woolf said. 2012 is a critical time of constitutional change for countries of the "Arab Awakening" and this will be addressed in a panel session on Saturday chaired by Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, with distinguished speakers from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain providing valuable insights into recent events in their respective countries. The Forum will also explore various themes throughout the day including the rule of law and economic, political and social development, resolving disputes over Islamic finance and the role of ethics and law in finance. On a specialist session dedicated to "2012 Olympics-2022 World Cup", Lord Woolf said Qatar has emerged as an important international sporting destination. There should be proper system to deal with the disputes in the sporting world. Sports Law is a topic of genuine interest for the legal world. The Forum will begin today with 40 junior lawyers from 20 nations debating: "The Rule of Law and the Future" both in terms of their own countries and from a global perspective. The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani will officially open the Forum and deliver the keynote speech on Sunday with the Minister of Economy and Finance of Qatar, HE Yousef Hussain Kamal also giving a keynote speech. There will be a Chief Justices panel on: "Achieving Global Understanding of the Rule of Law." The panel will be chaired by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge with the Chief Justices of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Libya, the Maldives, Qatar and Rwanda represented. Sir William Blair, Co-convener said: "The Qatar Law Forum 2012 will examine the rule of law from more than just the context of how legal systems operate across the world. Our speakers will discuss the application of the rule of law to the most pressing and topical matters of the day including continued global financial instability, avoiding international conflict and freedom of communications, often from an Islamic point of view." "We hope that the debates at the Qatar Law Forum 2012 will have a practical effect on the ground as leaders in law return to their respective countries with lessons learned and experiences shared with their fellow lawyers," he added. Michael Thomas QC, Co-convener and Chairman of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal said: "The hosting of this global forum here in Doha is a fine example of Qatar’s faith in the rule of law and its willingness to lead the rule of law debate in the region."

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