Law Forum backs Qatar’s pledge to rule of law
DOHA “QATARhas become widely known not just for its wealth, but for its far-sighted vision; it has shown the determination to look for new ways of working with the rest of the world for the general good of Qatar and that of the rest of the world,” stated Qatar International Court President Lord Harry Woolf on Saturday.
The remarks were made on the second day of the Qatar Law Forum, a threeday event organised by the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (Qicdrc) in partnership with Qatar’s Permanent Committee for Organising Conferences, and held under the patronage of the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani.
Described by organisers as “a Davos-style conference of the world’s legal elite”, this is the second forum of its kind, the first being held in 2009. Bringing together hundreds of judges, academics, legal practitioners, central bankers and regulators from six continents, the forum is an unparalleled event in the international legal calendar.
Lord Woolf made the day’s opening remarks, speaking also on behalf of his co-convenors, Sir William Blair and Michael Thomas, QC, as well as the Judges of Qicdrc.
Lord Woolf noted that “the theme of the forum is reflected in its title, ‘the rule of law in a time of change’. It is for one reason that the theme was chosen, namely that Qatar is committed to the rule of law.” The events of the first day included three plenary sessions on the subjects of anticorruption, the rule of law and change in the world, and the role of ethics and law in finance, the latter session chaired by the Qatar Central Bank Governor Abdullah bin Saoud al Thani. Specialist discussions on a variety of topics, from legal aspects of the 2022 World Cup to Dispute resolution in Islamic Finance, were also held.
Sunday is the last day of the forum, opening with a keynote address by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani.
A second keynote is to be delivered by the Minister of Economy and Finance HE Yousef Hussain Kamal.
Three plenary sessions are also scheduled for the day, as well as further specialist discussions.