Doha Legal Conference: 29-31 May, 2009

Readers, particularly those in the Middle East, may wish to note an interesting event that is scheduled to be held in Doha between the 29th and 31st of May, 2009. The Qatar Law Forum has as its theme the Global Commitment to the Rule of Law. The three day conference will cover a wide variety of issues and attendees include those from the legal community, 13 Chief Justices, as well as leading figures from business, academic, policy making and legal communities.

An extract from the conference website highlights the key objectives:

The Qatar Law Forum will take place in Doha from 29th to 31st May 2009 under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Its purpose is to provide an unprecedented opportunity for global leaders in law to debate the global commitment to the Rule of Law. The importance of this debate in the present global economic circumstances is self-evident. It is the ambition of the Forum to be the foremost meeting for positive transnational engagement among leaders in law from around the world. Given its reach, the Forum offers an unparalleled opportunity for face-to-face dialogue. It will address the administration of justice, latest methods of dispute resolution, and legal education, in an ever-changing world. Its focus will include the role of the law in meeting the world’s current financial challenges. The hosting of the Forum in the Middle East will allow the issues to be addressed both at a global level and in an Islamic context. We have established a programme with confirmed attendance of leading judicial figures (including eleven serving Chief Justices), distinguished academics from universities in Europe, the Americas, the Far East and the Middle East, together with regulators, central bankers and general counsel of the most senior level.

The provisional programme is available here. Among the host of topics being covered at the conference, the following may be of interest given the focus of this Blog:

Islamic Finance;

The Legal Profession Today: Local and International Practice;

From Delaware to Doha: the Legal Environment Necessary for Corporate Centres and Thriving Financial Markets;

Redefining Global Governance;

International Organisation and the Economic Crisis: The Contribution of Global and Regional Cooperation in Trade and Finance;

In a Time of Financial Stress: Regulatory Law and the Credit Crunch; and

International Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration and the Place of Law and Economics.

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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