Posted on February 12, 2017

Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC) launched the international conference on “Law and Sport: Contemporary Perspectives” at a press conference held yesterday at the University.

Details of the 2-day conference (February 19-20) were outlined by LAWC Dean Dr Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi and Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sports Affair Department Director and President of Qatar Swimming Association Mr Khaleel Ibrahim Al-Jabir in the presence of LAWC associate deans for Academic Affairs Dr Yaser Al-Khalaileh, for Research Dr Faouzi Belknani and for Outreach and Engagement Dr Yassin El-Shazly, and QOC Legal Affairs Manager Mr Fahed Al Muraikhy, as well as representatives of the local media.

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The conference is organized by LAWC in conjunction with QOC. It aims to raise the community awareness on the importance of legal regulations in sports activities at the local and regional levels, and to highlight the economic benefits of investing in sports activities while identifying the legal and operational challenges in this area. It will bring together legal and sports experts and policymakers to discuss and share their ideas and experience on the most recent development and practices of sports regulations at the local, regional and international levels, and to provide efficient solutions for the various legal, economic and technical gaps and challenges that face the investment in sports, which will contribute to advancing the sports sector in Qatar in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.

The event’s program includes 6 sessions themed “The International Regulation of Sports”, “Sports and Civil Law”, “Sport and sanction”, “Governance of Sports”, “Arbitration in Sports Dispute”, and “Investment and Intellectual Property in Sports Law”. Commenting on the conference, Dr Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi noted that the regulation of sports activities has been a subject of high importance for various legal systems in Qatar as the country prepares itself for hosting FIFA World Cup 2022. He stressed the importance of the correlation between sports and the various political, social and economic sectors.

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He added: “We are pleased to collaborate with Qatar Olympic Committee in organizing this conference, which has become an annual event on the QU calendar. This event will provide a platform to advance dialogue and share ideas on issues that are of the interest of the society, such as sports. Last year, the conference focused on the legal issues relating to the practice of medicine in Qatar. This year, it will be centered on sports and law, a topic which is relevant to Qatar’s society.” Dr Al-Khulaifi also noted that the conference attracted 70 submissions, among which 24 papers were selected. “The conference’s papers and recommendations will be collected in a booklet to be used as a legal reference.”

Mr Khaleel Ibrahim Al-Jabir said: “We are pleased to partner with the College of Law at Qatar University in organizing this significant event that comes at a time when Qatar is celebrating the National Sports Day. This collaboration will serve to enrich Qatar University’s students expertise and knowledge in the field of sports. At Qatar Olympic Committee, we are committed to advancing collaboration with academic and legal institutions in the area of sports. In this context, the Committee has established the first Executive Master in Law and Sports.”