Posted on October 11, 2016

Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC) yesterday held a roundtable on “JASTA Law” and its implications in the region, in conjunction with the Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at QU College of Arts & Sciences (QU-CAS).

The event aimed to raise community awareness on the basic principles of international law, and to identify the various frameworks of international relations at the regional and international level. It brought together academics, practitioners, researchers and students to discuss the adequacy of the provision of JASTA law with the rules and principles of international law.

The event program featured an introductory session on “Highlights on the JASTA Law” provided by LAWC Teaching Assistant and Externship Program Coordinator Ms Fatma Almesleh. It also included discussion sessions moderated by LAWC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of International Law Dr Yasser Alkhakailah, and presented by LAWC Professor of Public International Law Dr Ibraheem Al-Anani and QU Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) Director and LAWC Associate Professor of Constitutional Law Dr Hassan Al-Sayed. They discussed issues related to “Bending legal force of JASTA law in International law perspective” and “JASTA Law from Constitutional law perspective”.

Other discussed topics included “Sovereign immunity theory and its importance in international law”, “Legal binding effect of JASTA law in light of international law provisions”, “Waiver of sovereign immunity and its consequences”, “JASTA law and constitutional procedures”, “JASTA law and its conformity with international obligations”, and “The impact of JASTA law on alliances in the region (political view)?”. In his remarks, GSC Director Dr Abdullah Baabood said: “This event aligns with GSC’s mission to address issues that are related to changes on the regional and international level, and which have an impact on the Gulf countries.” He noted that the approval of JASTA law by the US Congress came at a time when the region undergoes geopolitical tensions and challenges.