Posted on February 27, 2019

Qatar University (QU) continues a tradition of offering innovative research-based courses.

The International Investment Law clinic, which is under the umbrella of the TradeLab clinic, is an example. Through a combination of practice and theory, it offers a unique opportunity to analyze thoroughly trade and investment law and jurisprudence. Highly qualified students work in small groups under the supervision of professors, mentors, and beneficiaries. The students address specific legal questions related to trade and investment law coming from real clients. Expert-led workshops on substantive topics related to the projects are organized. Skills sessions are held to improve legal research, writing, and analysis. At the end of the semester, the group submits a written memo, a poster presentation, and gives an oral presentation of the project.

This semester, Spring 2019, six QU law students are participating in the International Investment Law clinic. The students will draft a proposal aiming to improve Qatar’s trade and investment policies in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. This clinic is conducted in collaboration with The Graduate Institute, Geneva; and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and Doha; and funded under a National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) grant. The project is supervised by QU Press Founding Director and Oil & Gas Law Professor Talal Al-Emadi, Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Law Professor Francis Botchway, and Law Clinical Professor Rafael Brown, from QU College of Law, for the beneficiary: the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Office of Undersecretary for Climate Change Affairs.