Posted on November 06, 2019

Opening new avenues to mutual support and collaborative achievement, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Law signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signatories thereby confirm their shared commitment to advance Qatar’s legal environment, following the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.

QICDRC Chief Executive Officer, Faisal al-Sahouti, and Dean of HBKU College of Law, Dr Susan L. Karamanian, signed the three-year agreement in the presence of representatives from both organisations.

Notably, the newly established understanding foresees the launch of a ‘QICDRC-HBKU College of Law Lecture Series’, to be organised and hosted by both parties on topics related to international dispute resolution, substantive principles of commercial and business law, and QICDRC-specific legal applications. In addition to joint conferences, colloquia, and workshops, the MoU also offers Court judges and senior personnel the opportunity to deliver guest lectures at the HBKU College of Law as well as attend courses on an auditing basis.

Highlighting the benefits of the joint initiative, Faisal al-Sahouti, QICDRC CEO, said: “We are proud to sign a partnership with one of Qatar’s foremost higher education institutes that shares our dedication to the law and its central role in society. As home-grown organisations, we follow a fundamental drive towards the development of a diversified, knowledge-based economy for our country’s future, as we are entrusted with the mentorship of the next generation of legal professionals.”

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Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dean of HBKU College of Law, said: ”The MoU builds upon the already strong relationship between HBKU's College of Law and the QICDRC. We are particularly excited about having QICDRC judges and officials as guest lecturers at the College of Law. Their knowledge, based on a lifetime of varied experiences, will undoubtedly expand the horizons of our students. Collaboration through conferences and workshops will also help to promote the rule of law in Qatar – a goal shared by both institutions.”   

Since its initial inception as the HBKU College of Law & Public Policy in 2014, the HBKU College of Law has taken an innovative approach to the J.D. legal education. Its unique curricular focus on international business, commerce and dispute resolution contributes to an advanced legal ecosystem in Qatar and beyond.

QICDRC consistently seeks new national partnerships to establish Qatar as a commercial hub and world leader in the application of the rule of law in the area of dispute resolution. The latest MoU agreement effectively marks the signatories’ mutual core mandate to enhance national legal capabilities as prescribed by QNV 2030.