Qatar Law Forum


The first Qatar Law Forum held in Doha 29-31 May 2009 was widely acclaimed as a unique event of international importance. Commentators and delegates described the Forum as the legal equivalent of the World Economic Forum in Davos, or the “Legal G20”.

You can download the 2009 programme, as well as selected speeches and reports on the documents page and also see photos and videos from the 2009 Forum.

The Forum was sponsored by the Government of Qatar under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. It was convened by The Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes and Sir William Blair. The event was organised under the Directorship of Malik Dahlan, Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, in conjunction with MOFA’s Permanent Committee for Organising Conferences led by H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdulla M. Al-Rumaihi and H.E. the Ambassador Abdullah Abdul Rahman Fakhroo.  The organizing committee included Helen Otton, Robin Knowles, Judy Lane, Annie Dunster, Dawn O’Hanrahan and Toby Brown.

Topics at the 2009 Forum included:

  • The challenge of globalisation to justice in the 21st century.
  • Law and regulation in a time of financial stress.
  • The legal environment for corporate centres and financial markets.
  • International dispute resolution methods in their legal and economic context.
  • Women and the law into the 21st century.
  • The state of the Rule of Law today.
  • Legal reform in the Islamic context.
  • A keynote address on global governance by HE the Prime Minister of Qatar.
  • A keynote speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers on the Rule of Law.
  • Global and regional cooperation in trade and finance in the context of the global economic crisis.
  • New trends in legal education development.


The 2009 Forum drew leaders in law from 60 countries. Both the developed and developing world was represented. Attendees included 12 serving Chief Justices, the Presidents of the ICC and ECHR, as well as leading academics, regulators, central bankers and senior general counsel including from the IEA, IMF and ECB.

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