Sunday, 21 October 2012

Qatar keen to promote rule of law: Minister


DOHA QATAR is keen to promote principles of justice and human rights through the establishment of a stronger legal profession, said Minister of Justice HE Hasan bin Abdullah al Ghanem on Saturday.

Speaking at the opening of the law conference organised by Qatar University (QU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Ghanem said, “I am happy that this conference is being hosted in Qatar, which is known for its established principles of justice and human rights. The main aim of this conference is to deepen legal integration and uphold human and ethical values that define the legal profession. I believe that this event will contribute to reinforcing the principle of the rule of law and fairness in the administration of justice to all and sundry.” He added: “This conference represents the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani’s commitment to building reliable legal institutions in the country. This kind of events promote scientific communication among experts and creates a platform for an interactive dialogue to solve some legal problems as well as address inadequacies and weaknesses of law regulations.” According to the minister, Qatar has always focused on discussing ways to develop the legal profession, especially with the issuance of provisions such as the law No 23 of 2006 encouraging lawyers to acquire practical experience required to practise law.

The minister inaugurated the event in the presence of QU President Prof Sheikha Abdullah al Mesnad, Dean of QU College of Law Dr Hassan Okour several attorneys and experts of law.

Dr Hassan Okour said, with economic boom and development in all spheres in Qatar, there was a need to have nationals as lawyers who are well trained and competent to provide the required legal services to both private and public sectors.

“There is a necessity to benefit from the international law bureaus existing in Qatar in order to equip Qatari lawyers to handle all kinds of issues. We hope this conference will provide the steps required to move legal profession up in Qatar,” he said.

Talking to Qatar Tribune, Dr Hassan al Sayed, a law professor at QU, said the conference would issue several important recommendations to strengthen legal professionals and the law in Qatar.

The conference, which was held under the theme ‘Building a stronger legal profession in Qatar’, aimed to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences among lawyers for the public interest.

The event also aimed to renew lawyers’ ethical commitment various charters concerning legal practice, which stipulates lawyers’ obligation to abide by the principles of independence, impartiality, dignity, competence, professional confidentiality, audacity, decency and fellow feeling.

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