By Fazeena Saleem
Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC), the leading provider of specialized legal education in the country, continues its efforts to promote an excellent research environment that stimulates creativity and innovation through collaborations with academic organizations in the private and public sectors and with researchers from institutions in Qatar and beyond. The College established the Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution under an agreement signed with the International Court and the Qatar Dispute Resolution Center in February. The new chair will help promote research and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, according to Dr Yassin El Shazly, LAWC associate dean for outreach and engagement.
The College is also considering converting its Center for Energy and Sustainability Law into a Center for Law and Economic Development. The new center will help expand the College’s research and outreach activities.
The college has been awarded a number of NPRP, UREP, and other internal research grants. It won an NPRP award of $ 400,000 in March for the research project on “Legal Education and the Skills Market in Qatar”. Led by LAWC Dean Dr Mohammed Al Khulaifi, a team comprising LAWC Associate Dean for Research Dr Francis Botchway, Assistant Professors Dr Melissa Joy Deehring, Dr Jon Truby and Dr Rawan Al Louzi, and teaching assistant Fatma Mansour Al Mesleh, as well as Dr Sajida Shroff from Altamont Consulting Group, provided training for lawyers in Qatar.
He also obtained in 2015 an NPRP award of more than one million dollars for the research project on “TradeLab: Legal Capacity to Empower Development”. Led by LAWC Assistant Professors Dr Talal Abdulla Al Emadi and Dr Jon Truby, the project aims to develop an online platform to advise governments and stakeholders on trade negotiations, options and issues. ‘investment. An NPRP award of over $ 300,000 was also won in 2015 by the Qatar Legal Preparedness Research Project to host the FIFA World Cup. Led by LAWC Associate Professor Dr Hassan Elbarrawy, the project aims to provide the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Inheritance with the necessary advice on the best options to deal with legal issues arising from the organization of the competition.
At present, the College has 1,010 Qatari students and 191 non-Qatari students with 65 professors. It has 453 former students, 379 of whom 379 are Qatari. “The College helps provide its students with a wide range of forums to stimulate their professional development, such as the Gulf Certified Arbitrators course and the student-alumni legal debate hosted by the College’s Professional Career Office,” said El Shazly.
Through its legal clinic unit, the college provides students with hands-on training in real-life scenarios, legal aid, and legal consulting expertise. He has also implemented a number of professional development courses in cooperation with the Continuing Education Office (CEO) of QU, such as Qatari Human Resources Law, English Legal Terminology and many others; as well as the Law French Club in 2015 with the aim of carrying out various cultural and social activities in order to disseminate French legal culture within the QU community and Qatari society.
The college continues its efforts to provide students with opportunities to interact with their peers and gain a better understanding of the legal profession. This is reflected in its wide range of conferences, seminars and workshops such as the “Law and Medicine: Challenging the Future” conference in collaboration with QU College of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and Hamad Medical Corporation. (HMC) (February 2016), the second Doha Arbitration Forum organized by the Business Law Forum (May 2015), the 5th Qatari Legal Culture Roundtable in cooperation with the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID ) (February 2015), as well as the series of seminars on Qatari commercial law organized on the sidelines of the “Made in Qatar” exhibition (May 2015), among many others.
LAWC students also participated in the sixth annual Vis Middle East Commercial Arbitration Competition held in Bahrain this year, where they won the award for best respondent memorandum. This competition added value to their legal education and prepared them for their future careers as legal professionals. It has also provided them with a unique opportunity to experience commercial arbitration and gain confidence in litigating before legal experts and against their counterparts from institutions around the world.