Qatar Minister of Justice H.E. Dr Hassan Lahdan Al-Muhannadi was in attendance at the opening of the international 2-day conference titled “The Qatari Civil Code in its First Decade” organized by Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC) on November 23-24.
Also attending were QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, French Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Mr Eric Chevallier, LAWC dean Dr Mohamed Al-Khulaifi, Council of Ministers Secretary General H.E. Hamad bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi, Police Training Institute Director Brig. Dr Mohammed Abdullah Al Mahanna Al Marri, Qatar International Conciliation & Arbitration Centre Secretary General Sheikh Thani bin Ali bin Saud Al Thani, and Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) CEO Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti.
Its aim was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of the Qatari Civil Code, and to highlight the core role of Qatari judiciary sectors in the application and the interpretation of civil law provisions, and the judicial principles in this regard, and to discern the compatibility and incompatibility between the Code’s provisions and other comparative Arab and foreign legislations. The event drew over 200 attendees, and featured presentations from academics, researchers and experts from QU and universities from Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, France and USA, and from legal institutions in Qatar.
H.E. Dr Al-Muhannadi said: “Such opportunities to come together and learn from each other are important and we thank QU and the College of Law for organizing this conference that comes on the sidelines of the National Day. An institutional state needs to be established on a constitutional and legislative framework, and the Qatari government is committed to shaping a legal identity based on the achievements of national researchers and experts, and on the linkage between academic output and labor market needs.”
Commenting on the event, Prof Al-Misnad said: “We are pleased to organize this event with the aim to provide knowledge, and contribute positively to the needs of the community and its aspirations. This event will serve to foster QU’s commitment in supporting the development of the society through knowledge and strengthening relations between the community and the legal and judicial sectors in order to ensure a safe and secure society, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Prof Al-Misnad noted the importance of the conference in offering pivotal studies for the evaluation of Qatari civil law after a period of its application. “QU is proud of its permanent interaction through LAWC with legal and judicial bodies and organizations. This shows QU’s commitment in providing to its students a world-class education through high quality programs, and in graduating well-rounded graduates who will actively contribute to Qatar’s outstanding growth and development”, she said.
Dr Al-Khulaifi said: “At Qatar University, we believe that research, discussion and interaction with scholars do strongly contribute to formulating convictions together with peoples’ capacity, as elements of progress and change. Yet, this conference comes to shed lights on the characteristics and attributes of this legislation, and to investigate its effects throughout a decade via critical studies presented by distinguished participants. These legal dialogues and practices will definitely enrich the Qatari Civil Law and enhance cultural and intellectual exchange among all participants.”
Ambassador Chevallier said: “It is an honor for the Embassy of France to join this conference organized by Qatar University to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Qatari Civil Code. If each country marks its laws by its history, culture, geography and traditions, a strong link between the two countries’ civil codes would seem apparent.”