Closing Address HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin
Mohammed Bin Jabr Al-Thani
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Peace and Mercy from Allah Be Upon You.
It’s my great pleasure to welcome you all in Qatar and to
thank you for your participation in the second Qatar Law
Forum, attended by an elite of distinguished figures in the
legal, financial, economic and academic fields who will
enrich its various debates on issues of concern to the whole
world, such as fighting corruption or economic, political
and social development, with a goal of setting global
The forum is taking place in a time when the Arab world
witnesses changes and reforms accompanied by instability
that negatively affects economy and society, and
consequently the global financial situation.
The government’s legal obligations regarding the protection
of social, economic and cultural rights must necessarily
come with a strong determination to defend political and
civil rights, for the former would probably remain empty
promises without the support of the latter based on the rule
of Law, and all countries should seek to achieve political
stability and the rule of law.
The states have the means to allow public opinion and the
international community to examine the priorities given to
ensure a favorable climate where more solid and sustainable
corporations would bloom within a stable legal framework,
impermeable to the surrounding changes.
Sound governance seeks to achieve the ideal objective of the
state through frequent constitutional reforms based on
economic, social, political or legal foundations that arise
from the practice of power, and it should provide
appropriate conditions for free opinion and favorable ground
for media freedom. Legislative activity gives a measure of
the availability or absence of good governance in a country.
International Courts play an important and fundamental role
in improving the concept of the Rule of Law, which endeavors
to enforce the economic, social and cultural rights with the
states, despite some judges’ reluctance to deal with alleged
violations of these rights under the pretense that they are
the preserve of the executive authority.
In absence of legal means to ensure justice for the poor and
vulnerable in particular, despair and deprivation could lead
them to try to enforce the law on their own, as it happened
in South Africa and as it is currently occurring in the
countries of the Arab Spring.
The established opinion since the redaction of the Charter
of the United Nations was that civil and political rights in
one hand and economic, social and cultural rights in the
other hand are closely linked together. Indeed, this trend
was followed by the committee in charge of the economic,
social and cultural rights, as well as by the native
In conclusion, I hope that the plenary and specialized
sessions of this forum have addressed a wide range of the
legal and constitutional issues that we have to face to
achieve the goal we are all striving for, and I assure you
that the State of Qatar will always be committed to the Rule
of Law and supportive of all initiatives aiming at improving
May peace and God's mercy and blessings be upon you.