Qatar Law Forum

Aims

The Qatar Law Forum is a remarkable and unparalleled event in the international legal calendar. It convenes in Doha, by invitation, international leaders in law from across the globe. The aim is to provide a unique opportunity to discuss the challenge of achieving global understanding and commitment to the Rule of Law and allied issues of international legal and economic significance.  The event is supported by the Government of Qatar and held under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

The first Forum in 2009 was attended by 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. In all 60 countries from the developed and developing world were represented. This year’s event promises to be no different.

Given the standing of the delegates, the Forum provides an unparalleled opportunity for face-to-face dialogue. The importance of discussing the Rule of Law is self-evident, but the 2012 Forum comes at a particularly critical time of constitutional change in a number of countries and a backdrop of continuing global financial uncertainty.

The programme this time therefore focuses on change in the Middle East and on the world’s current financial challenges. We will address the challenge of achieving global understanding of the rule of law;  the role of law and ethics in finance;  the issues of corruption and development;  the role of free communication;  and other subjects such as dispute resolution and judicial training. The hosting of the dialogue in Doha will allow these subjects to be addressed both at an international level and in an Islamic context.

The Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes Sir William Blair Michael Thomas QC

Convenors, Qatar Law Forum 2012

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